I've never had but one HDD before and always booted fine w/Lilo. Now after my drive went down I got a replacement and the old one under warranty returned so I put Windows on the first and AL on the second but it always has an error loading the boot loader. I've tried hda, sda, sdb for the boot line and no good. Do I need to specify sdb1 or Do I maybe need to load the Sata module? I used the Auto partition also (new for me); leaves sdb1 "/boot" sdb2 "/swap" and sdb3 "/". If this sounds like a problem with the new noodle then I'll try with an older version. This has me baffled so any suggestions are welcome as I'd like to get my AL back online. Thanks.
Edit: Well I decided to reinstall and partition on my own sdb1 "/swap" and sdb2 "/" and all works well. Don't know if I fat fingered something or if the "Auto" partition option is doing something. Thanks for the replies and assistance.
Rule #1: There are NO RULES!
I'm a grub user myself, but it would help if you posted your lilo conf
Booting with apg Openrc, NOT systemd.
Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
Aur helpers : makepkg + my own local repo === rarely need them
below is my /etc/lilo.conf /dev/sda now im using a scsi drive the 1 st one i have various win on hda
plus arch for testing if a pacman -Syu is gonna break my system i let it take that one once i get bugs worked out i upgrade /dev/sda
# # /etc/lilo.conf # boot=/dev/sda # This line often fixes L40 errors on bootup # disk=/dev/hda bios=0x80 default=arch timeout=50 lba32 prompt image=/boot/vmlinuz26 label=arch root=/dev/sda2 append="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi" initrd=/boot/initrd26-full.img read-only other=/dev/hda label=IDE
here is my /etc/lilo.conf /dev/hda
# # /etc/lilo.conf # boot=/dev/hda # This line often fixes L40 errors on bootup # disk=/dev/discs/disc0/disc bios=0x80 vga=791 bitmap = /boot/lilo.bmp bmp-colors = 1,,0,2,,0 bmp-table = 20p,73p,1,15,17 bmp-timer = 104p,202p,1,25,27 default=ARCH26 timeout=90 lba32 prompt image=/boot/vmlinuz26 label=ARCH26 root=/dev/discs/disc0/part10 append="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi " initrd=/boot/initrd26-full.img read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz26 label=ARCH-SDA root=/dev/sda2 append="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi " initrd=/boot/initrd-sda.img read-only other=/dev/hda1 label=Windoze other=/dev/sda label=SCSI-1 other=/dev/sdb label=SCSI-2 other=/dev/fd0 label=Floppy # End of file
you can load your lilo on the drive where it resides /dev/sdb if i understand you correctly
to get in & rescue your bootloader try this
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Boo … recovering
your gonna have module errors due to booting with diffrent kernel
fix your lilo to the way/where you want it i got a boot loader on all my harddrives + floppy w/ lilo another with grub (i like to cover my butt to get back in if locked out) now as i read your post again you dont know where root is correct?
boot from install cd as to install but only go as far as manually partitioning DO NOT REPARTITION only take note where the big partition is that would be your root (/) write down where its located
/dev/discs/discX/partY or /dev/sdX# <get the drift... i hope
now exit from there reboot pc boot off cd again this time using recovery link above once in install lilo where you like id recommend
installing it several places its disk /dev/sdb a floppy /dev/fl (if you have one)