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Linux® Desk Reference, Second Edition by Scott Hawkins

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Startup

When the machine is turned on, it searches its own hardware for a bootable file. The exact search order is system dependent, but these days you typically see the machine looking at its floppy drive, then the CD-ROM, then the master hard disk. Check your BIOS configuration for information about your particular machine.

Usually, Linux systems are started by the LInux LOader (LILO), a program that can boot multiple operating systems. LILO works well when placed in the master boot record (MBR) of your hard drive and can be configured to invoke Windows or other operating systems in addition to Linux. However, if you are using Windows NT or OS/2, you may be forced to install LILO somewhere other than the MBR, as these operating systems demand ...

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