problems with lilo on large (> 4GB) disk

Chris Hunter chris at
Mon May 8 00:41:17 PDT 2000

The latest and greatest version of LILO has beaten the 1024 barrier, and should
fix this.


On Mon, 8 May 2000, Shawn A. Wilson wrote:

> Greetings,


> I recently installed Red Hat Linux 6.2 but am having difficulty with LILO. I

> believe the reason I am experiencing problems is because my linux partition

> is located past the 1024 sector. I have linux installed on /dev/hda7. In the

> installation process, I had LILO installed in the MBR. However, when the

> computer starts, I get only "LI" with the HD LED a steady red, but no

> apparent disk activity. I can't type anything, and waiting accomplishes

> nothing either. I can only restart. So... I booted off the linux boot floppy

> which successfully loaded linux from /dev/hda7. I then edited /etc/lilo.conf

> to install LILO on /dev/hda7 instead of the MBR, and ran "lilo". I then used

> a win boot disk to run "fdisk /mbr" to restore my MBR, and loaded into

> windows, then tsetup PowerQuest BootMagic and added an entry for Linux on

> the boot menu. On restart, I could get into Windows okay from BootMagic, but

> when selecting Linux (which I believe runs the boot sector off my linux

> partition, right?) it still just shows "LI" and freezes.


> Is there a way I can boot into linux from either LILO on the MBR, or

> BootMagic on the MBR and LILO on /dev/hda7? The linux partition is in the

> extended partition (hence hda7 and not 1-4) and occupies the last 2GB of a

> 14GB EIDE drive. I don't know much about LBA or anything, but the

> autodetection utility of my BIOS detects the drive as an LBA mode drive. Is

> that correct?


> Any help would be greatly appreciated!


> Thanks in advance,

> Shawn Wilson



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