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SDB:Windows Does Not Boot with the Boot Manager LILO
After having installed SuSE Linux 8.0, your Windows operating system does not boot with the boot manager LILO. Your Linux system, however, boots correctly. Linux and Windows are located on different hard disks.
The cause is an incorrect entry in LILO's configuration file.
Change LILO's configuration manually. First, open a shell as root by performing the following steps:
- Press the key combination ALT+F2 in KDE.
- Enter "xterm" in the entry field.
- Click on "Run".
- Enter the command "su -" in the displayed window.
- Enter your root password at the prompt.
Execute fdisk -l to obtain an overview of how your system is partitioned. The output may be similar to:
Disk /dev/hda: 64 heads, 63 sectors, 1023 cylinders Units = cylinders of 4032 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hda1 * 1 1023 2062336+ 6 FAT16
Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 1655 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hdb1 * 1 2 16033+ 83 Linux /dev/hdb2 3 19 136552+ 82 Linux swap /dev/hdb3 20 1655 13141170 83 Linux
In this example, Windows resides on the first partition of the first hard disk, referred to as /dev/hda1.
Start YaST2 and open the dialog System -> Boot loader configuration.
- Select Change current configuration and confirm with Next.
- Select where to install the boot loader.
- Skip the dialog Global LILO properties by clicking Next.
- In the next dialog, select the entry windows and click Edit.
- Select the label of your Windows partition as Boot partition from the list (in our example /dev/hda1) and confirm with Next.
- This returns you to the dialog about the configuration of LILO's sections. Click Next.
- Click End to complete the configuration and confirm with Yes.
Exit YaST2. You should now be able to boot Windows without any problem.
If you prefer to edit LILO's configuration file manually, proceed as follows:
Open the file /etc/lilo.conf with a text editor of your choice. Search for the boot entry for Windows. It might be something like:
other = /dev/hdb1 label = windows
Change the device entry. According to our example, it would be:
other = /dev/hda1 label = windows
If you boot LILO from a floppy disk, check the variable "boot=" (which can be found at the beginning of the file). To boot from a floppy disk, the variable must be set to boot=/dev/fd0.
Save the changes and exit the editor (key combination CTRL-X in pico). Now execute the command lilo in the shell to update the boot manager with the new settings. If you boot from a floppy, the LILO boot floppy disk has to be inserted in the drive for rewriting purposes.
Restart your computer. Booting Windows should no longer pose a problem. <keyword>windows,lilo,boot,bootmanager,bootmanager</keyword>