View Full Version : Lilo Error

September 5th, 2007, 03:39 AM
Hello, I have an old laptop and i installed slackware 12 on it today. But when i got to installing LILO on it, it gave me this error. I treid to install it on the MBR but i guess not luck right? what should i do. This laptop does not have a floppy and it can not boot from USB. So i think i need to edit the lilo.conf but how? what should i do?

"sorry, but the install lilo has retuned an error, so lilo has not been installed. you'll have to use a boot disk to start you machine instead. it is still posible to get illo working by editing the /etc/lilo.conf and reinstalling lilo manually. see lilo man page and documentaion in /user/doc/lilo/ for help. "

September 5th, 2007, 10:36 PM
is there no one that can help?

I thought that this would be an easy for you slack guru's

I hope that someone can help me becaues i can't even boot my laptop unless someone helps me.


September 5th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Is it Slackware-only or a multi-boot ?

September 5th, 2007, 10:46 PM
just slack,

it says that it can't install on the MBR? who knows (i know that i don't)

I can install vector (which has LILO) but slack is having problems with the MBR

September 5th, 2007, 11:10 PM
Can't help you much, I'm afraid, I always install GRUB on my Slacks. Maybe try doing that ?

September 5th, 2007, 11:28 PM
could i use the ubuntu alt cd on that?

September 6th, 2007, 12:01 AM
GRUB is in Slack's /extra packages, or you can use your Ubuntu Live CD. I guess it's possible with an Alt CD too, but I don't know how.

September 6th, 2007, 03:19 AM
ok, well thank you anyway.

September 6th, 2007, 11:08 AM
It is possible that your laptop has some system utility software installed on the harddrive which is write-protected.

Have you tried installing LILO to the partition rather than the MBR? In 'lilo.conf' you would need to change the line




If that does not work, perhaps you could provide some more information about your laptop.

September 6th, 2007, 03:16 PM
i had windows 2000 on it for a while and that is when the laptop would not let me put slack on it. So i am sure that is what is probaly write protected.

But now the laptop won't let me put windows nor slack on it.
so i put Vector on it instead and it works fine.

September 23rd, 2007, 08:53 PM
Salck has some problems with installing the bootloader.
See my observations at this thread for more info