[K12OSN] lilo config? MBR hosery? boot issues...

anthony baldwin anthonybaldwin at snet.net
Fri May 14 23:53:45 UTC 2004

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-05-14 at 18:10, anthony baldwin wrote:
>>>If everything else is correct, running
>>>as root should do it all for you.  If you try it the hard way
>>>you have to figure out the bsd-style partition name conventions.
>>I did /sbin/grub-install /dev/hda
>>and I got an "install finished" message, which seemed to indicate that 
>>all was well, but a subsequent reboot produced simliar results as 
>>perviously, only, instead of a screen with only "LI" in the corner, it 
>>have "L  80  80  80  80  80  80  80"
>>adding another 80 every 20 seconds or so.  I grew tired of the 
>>proliferating 80s and flopped in the floppy and rebooted.
>>Is this really bad news?  Does it mean my MBR is all hosed or something?
> Whichever of grub or lilo you installed last will overwrite the
> MBR, but it sounds like something is missing.  Does 'df' show any
> space remaining on your /boot partition?  If it is full, you
> may have installed too many kernels without removing any.
> rpm -qa |grep kernel
> should show the currently installed versions.  If there are quite
> a few, get rid of some with 'rpm -e ...'.  Then if you upgraded from
> CD's and haven't done an online update, do a 'yum update kernel' to
> install the latest available and fill in any missing pieces.  You
> may still have to patch up the grub installation or hand-edit
> /etc/lilo.conf

This sounds like it might just be my issue.  I have numerous kernels 
installed, and have been wondering why.
Likewise, I have been wondering why I've been running a bigmem kernel, 
on a PIII 1ghz with 512 mn ram.
I suppose I should just choose the stock 2.4.20?

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