Bug 349 - Overwritten Master Boot Record
Summary: Overwritten Master Boot Record
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1998-12-08 14:38 UTC by pete.nelson
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1998-12-08 16:57:50 UTC

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Description pete.nelson 1998-12-08 14:38:00 UTC
I was installing RH 5.2 on a dual-boot system with a Western
Digital Hard Drive that needs it's own proprietary drivers
loaded at start-up (the drive is only used under Windows).

When I got to the step in installation to determine the
method of booting (where would you like LILO?), I chose
'Skip' (I already made my boot floppy).  It still managed to
overwrite the master boot record, so I had to rewrite the
MBR with the western digital junk.

Not a big deal for me, but I know there are plenty that
would have been dead in the water at that point.

Otherwise, wow!  Linux that can talk to my printer & sound
card!  I love it!  (Maybe I can convince my wife we don't
need the Windows boot!)

Comment 1 Derek Tattersall 1998-12-08 16:57:59 UTC
Unable to reproduce problem.  Choosing SKIP did not overwrite MBR in
test cases.

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