From: Paul Mc Auley (paul at domain baltimore.ie)
Date: Fri 20 Aug 1999 - 10:57:35 IST
On Fri, 20 Aug 1999 10:42:47 +0100 (IST)
Thomas Bridge <thomas at domain medianet.ie> wrote:
| finally provoked into reinstalling it. The piece of **** then
| overwrote my MBR, having failed to install properly the first time. So I
| had to reinstall it again, I still don't have my LILO prompt back yet
Right. I think this bears repeating. Several times.
1. LILO and the MBR
When installing LILO, install it to your root partition and use fdisk to set
it to be active. That way, whenever something rewrites the MBR (Windows,
drive geometry remappers etc) the worst you have to do is use fdisk (any
fdisk, even that POS you get with Windows) to set the correct partition to
2. Installing new kernels.
Take your working kernel. Copy it. Cause LILO to default to the copy with an
extra entry (new) to point to newly compiled kernels. That way if you make a
mess of it, you can always fall back to your previous kernel. Once you are
happy with your new kernel, copy it onto the default image.
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