[Techtalk] redhat partitionless boot

Conor Daly conor.daly at oceanfree.net
Sat Aug 18 00:36:14 EST 2001

On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 04:20:05PM -0400 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
Miller, Hoff thought:
> Thank you for your quick response.
> I followed the instructions, but when I run lilo, it complains:
> Sorry, don't know how to handle device 0x0700
> > On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 10:12:39AM -0400, Miller, Hoff wrote:
> > > When it boots from floppy, it looks like it's using lilo but it
> > > must be from lilo on the floppy, so a question becomes how to
> > > reconfigure the floppy's lilo.
> > 
> > The LILO mini-HOWTO has directions for making a floppy with 
> > LILO on it.
> > See the entire HOWTO at
> >   http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/LILO.html
> > and the specific section about floppies at
> >   http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/LILO-7.html 
> > 
> > You would of course substitute the lilo configuration of your choice
> > for the HOWTO's lilo.flop.  And if I was doing this I'd keep the old
> > boot floppy around, since I'm sure I'd mess up the first time :)

You should find your lilo configuration in /etc/lilo.conf  That will
probably have a line either




Remove any of those lines, insert a fresh floppy and do a 'lilo -v' to
install it.  Make sure first that the file contains the line 


so that it writes to the floppy.  The useful thing about your lilo.conf is
that it *should* have the info required for the partitionless setup which
is probably what the "don't know how to handle" error is about.

Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>

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