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Mandrake 9.2 lilo "9A 9A" on boot

Posted on 2004-08-23
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I recently created a boot diskette following the directions on the Mandrake site: "...install LILO onto the MBR of a floppy by executing the following as root:

lilo -v -b /dev/fd0

But now it will only boot from this diskette. Without it I am getting a screen full of "9A 9A..." and then a freeze.

Looking at the manual, I see that the -b has changed the boot device to the floppy which was intended to serve as a backup only. Also from the manual: "...map file is not readable, likely because LILO was not re-run after some system change."

Starting this week the server is now hosting some websites, so more experiments are out. Does anyone have the exact "re-run" parameters to set it to boot from the hard disk and still retain the floppy for emergencies?

The lilo.conf:
boot=/dev/hdc
map=/boot/map
default="linux"
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
        label="linux"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd.img
        append="devfs=mount splash=silent acpi=ht splash=silent"
        vga=788
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
        label="linux-nonfb"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd.img
        append="devfs=mount splash=silent acpi=ht"
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz-secure
        label="linux-secure"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd-secure.img
        append="devfs=mount splash=silent acpi=ht splash=silent"
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz-smp
        label="linux-smp"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd-smp.img
        append="devfs=mount splash=silent acpi=ht splash=silent"
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-10mdk
        label="old_linux-nonfb"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.22-10mdk.img
        append="devfs=mount acpi=ht"
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
        label="failsafe"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd.img
        append="devfs=nomount splash=silent acpi=ht failsafe"
        read-only
other=/dev/fd0
        label="floppy"image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-10mdk
        label="old_linux-nonfb"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.22-10mdk.img
        append="devfs=mount acpi=ht"
        read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
        label="failsafe"
        root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd=/boot/initrd.img
        append="devfs=nomount splash=silent acpi=ht failsafe"
        read-only
other=/dev/fd0
        label="floppy"
        unsafe

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Just running the command "lilo" from the console should fix it.
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