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Lilo can't start win7
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:23:58 am »

 I got a question. I'm using LILO to let my dualboot (vector and win7) working. Vector works but Win7 doesn't. It says that boot MBR is missing. I've tried some things but so far nothing worked. Any Ideas? Or would it be better to use grub?

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default = VectorLinux
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda3
label = "VectorLinux"
append = "splash=silent"
initrd = /boot/initrd

other = /dev/sda2
label = "Win7"

I've also noticed that when I change things in this code that i doesn't have an effect on my lilo-screen. Is this normal?


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Re: Lilo can't start win7
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2010, 06:40:23 am »
Windows 7 is known to have this problem with both lilo and grub.

You'll find a work around here

Google around and you'll see tons of people are having this problem. Most of us have solved it by wiping out any remains of any windows install ever, but those who choose to have them will face ... well, you know.. the MBR problem with windows 7 ;)


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Re: Lilo can't start win7
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 03:01:08 pm »
Used Puppy to install GRUB for a Win7 - VL 6.0 dual boot.....worked great.
Laptop: IBM X60s (Centrino/Duo, 2gb ram, 80gb hd) VL 6.0 Std
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Desktop: Dell Dimension 5150 (P4 3ghz, 2gb ram, 80gb hd) VL 6.0 Std
Wife's Desktop: Gateway (P4 2ghz, 1gb ram, 80gb hd) VL 6.0 Std


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Re: Lilo can't start win7
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 06:12:03 am »
Rather than messing with partitioning the Windows drive (I'm using Win 7 as well), I purchased an inexpensive external USB drive and dedicated it solely to Linux. I then set up the boot order on the notebook to look for the USB drive first. If the USB drive is not plugged in, it defaults to the Windows drive. I've finally managed to track down a drive caddy that is designed for the second drive bay on the notebook, so I may end up going that route and using the USB drive as a backup device.

As for the lilo changes, whenever you make changes to lilo.conf, you should run lilo -v at the cli. This will commit the changes you make to the configuration file.
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