Riley Williams (
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 22:05:41 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Mark.

==8<== Cut various comments re source of above error message ==>8==

> I have actually had this occur due to a software malfunction
> before. The cause was actually the fact that my MBR got fried AND I
> had no active boot partition. All that was necessary to fix this
> was booting off a floppy and making that partition active. For a
> linux only system this can be complex, but if DOS is your first
> partition just get the stock DOS disk, fdisk to enable an active
> partition, then fdisk /mbr to be safe. this may toast Lilo, but it
> will be a bootable system.

One thing I learned early on in my Linux learning curve was to install
LILO on the MBR of the root partition, not in the MBR, and make that
the active partition. As a result, a standard DOS boot floppy with the
FDISK program on it can rejuvinate my Linux system if the MBR gets
trashed, since all that's necessary is to point the active partition
to the one Linux is in...

I do this on all systems I set up now, for precicely the same reason.

Best wishes from Riley.

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