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Thread: Broken Knoppix Installation using Partition Magic

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    Broken Knoppix Installation using Partition Magic

    I have a win2000 system, with a linux partition, I use smart boot manager on a floppy to boot to Linux, so that the machine boots to win unless the floppy is in the drive, in which case it boot to linux.
    I recently expanded my ext2 linux partition using Partition Magic in windows, and now it will not boot, smart boot manager starts to boot, but then the screen fills with 9 9 9 9 9 9 etc.
    Can I repair this without reinstalling? If so, how....
    Thanks!

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    Re: Broken Knoppix Installation using Partition Magic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tortoise
    I have a win2000 system, with a linux partition, I use smart boot manager on a floppy to boot to Linux, so that the machine boots to win unless the floppy is in the drive, in which case it boot to linux.
    I recently expanded my ext2 linux partition using Partition Magic in windows, and now it will not boot, smart boot manager starts to boot, but then the screen fills with 9 9 9 9 9 9 etc.
    Can I repair this without reinstalling? If so, how....
    Thanks!
    Sounds like you hosed up LILO. Reinstall LILO to your Knoppix partition and see if that works. I presume you are still able to boot wimpdoze?

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    Looks like that is what has happened - I can still boot 'doze, can you talk me through reinstalling lilo?
    Thanks

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    I only have time for a quick version:

    Boot the Knoppix cd (remember it is a rescue disk too!).

    Mount your Knoppix partition.

    chroot /mnt/hda?

    /sbin/lilo

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    Sorry!
    I get a lot of
    bas: /dev/null: Permission denied

    I have changed the drive to be read / write, and am root.
    Appreciate your help,

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    When I run lilo I get

    Unrecognized token "! Please edit /etc/lilo.conf before running lilo!" at or above line 20 in file '/etc/lilo.conf'

    Sorry!

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    root@ttyp0[knoppix]# mount /mnt/hda3
    mount: /dev/hda3 already mounted or /mnt/hda3 busy
    mount: according to mtab, /dev/hda3 is already mounted on /mnt/hda3
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    Thanks!
    I got it working again with:
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/hda3 /mnt/hda3
    sudo chroot /mnt/hda3
    sudo /sbin/lilo

    Appreciate the help, the best 24/7 service agreement I have ever seen!

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    Glad you got it fixed. Now quit it with that partition magic nonsense already! :P

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    I would love to! I don't know anything else that can mess around with NTFS partitions though - any clues?

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