[techtalk] Problem with LILO & booting

Robert Siemer Robert.Siemer at gmx.de
Wed Mar 1 22:30:30 EST 2000


From: Sally_Hutchinson at Dell.com

> I am having a problem with a dualboot myself, but on a single hard
> drive.  I believe the problem may be that the Linux partition is too
> close to the end of the disk.

Install lilo. What does it say? (The space on the disk where the
kernel is must me accessable for the bios... Don't you have a /boot
partition?) - If there is no way for the bios, move some partitions
around... (GNU parted)

> In any case, I can't boot Linux without the boot disk, and when I
> do, "starting linux" it takes about 10 minutes for all the dots to
> go across the screen.  Any hints on how to speed up my boot?

The hole kernel is loaded from the disk and your floppydrive is
slow. Boot from harddisk or via network. The latter could be also done
with a 'bootdisk', which only contains drivers to fetch the kernel via
network. This is fast! ... and hard to install (look for etherboot or


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