Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 52542
Install guide give wrong advice for LILO with Windows NT.
Last modified: 2014-08-04 18:23:20 EDT
Description of Problem:
The Install Guide says " If you have Windows NT (and you want to install
LILO) you should choose to install LILO on the first sector of the root
partition, and not on the MBR. Please be sure to create a boot disk. In
this case, you will either need to use the boot disk, or configure the NT
system loader to boot LILO from the first sector of the root partition."
THIS IS WRONG. You should install LILO on the MBR just like you would for
Windows 9x, and set up your Windows NT boot partition in LILO exactly as
you would a Windows 9X boot partition, and it will work fine. Your install
guide makes it unnecessarily onerous to install Linux with NT, and seems to
be based on the equally erroneous old Linux+WinNT How-To. I have installed
both Debian Linux and RedHat Linux 7.1 (at different times) on an NT
system; worked fine. I'm running Windows NT 4.0, Svc Pack 5 on the NT
side; no boot loader problems whatsoever.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Boots every damn time.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Starting with an NT system with an unused partition, install RHL
normally. Install LILO on MBR.
2. Configure your Linux image & "Other" (Windows NT) boot partition in
lilo.conf normally. Run /sbin/lilo
4. Select NT system at LILO boot menu
NT boots normally.
NT boots normally.
moving bug to install guide...
Hi -- Thanks for writing and for your feedback. Our support department has seen
some cases (mostly hardware dependent) where LILO and Win NT do not play well
together. Because of these cases, we have made the decision to keep some of the
warnings there for those who need them. However, as the Red Hat Linux distro
continues to improve, hopefully these cases will continue to become smaller in
number. However, I am glad to hear your test of this was a great success.
Thanks again for the feedback and for your interest in Red Hat Linux.