problems with lilo on large (> 4GB) disk

Mike Hornung mike at
Mon May 8 06:45:27 PDT 2000

I think the 'linear' option in your /etc/lilo.conf may be what you're
looking for.

-=<(| mike at |)>=-

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



|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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