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Old 01-16-2003, 09:23 AM   #1
NewToit
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Dual boot with NTFS partitions


Hi...

I am really new to linux. So if this is a common, or an "unlearned" question please forgive me.

I have two hard drives...

On my first drive.

1st Partition: NTFS - Windows NT 4.0 SP6
2nd Partition: NTFS - Program Files

Second Hard Drive

1st Partition NTFS - Windows NT 4.0 Backup copy
2nd Partition: NTFS - Data files
3rd Partition: FAT - 16MB Linux boot partition
5th Partition: ?Resizer? - Linux root
6th Partition: Swap - Linux swap

Now, I would like to boot to linux from the WinNT boot loader. So I did this:

1.) Boot to linux from floppy.
2.) Insert new floppy disk.
3.) Type the following on console.

mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
dd if=/dev/hdb3 of=/media/floppy/bootsek.lin bs=512 count=1

4.) Then boot back to NT, copy bootsek.lin to C:\
5.) Modify boot.ini so that it now looks like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNTBAK="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 Backup"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNTBAK="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 Backup [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
C:\bootsek.lin="SuSE Linux 8.1"

When I choose "SuSE Linux 8.1" from the boot loader options I get this:

Disk Error
Press any key to restart.

What am I doing wrong? Do you know what I am missing?

Thank you!

NewToit
 
Old 01-16-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
deadbug
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It seems like everything I try to do this I guess wrong about where to grab the boot image from. I'll grab it from /boot and Mandrake puts it in /; I'll grab / and Red Hat put it in /boot the first time, but next time when I grabbed /boot from Red Hat, it pulled a Mandy on me! It is a conspiracy!

Anyway, try replacing hdb3 with hdb5 and repeat 1-4. This will replace the image you have and should do the trick (there's only two place they can hide what you need!).
 
Old 01-16-2003, 01:43 PM   #3
NewToit
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Hi deadbug,

I was just coming back to say I solved my problem... but thanks for your reply! There may have been an easier way, but it now works like a charm which I guess is all that matters.

I ended up reinstalling GRUB (with the help of this http://tng.private.dk/how_grub.htm). Then I went back and did what I was doing in my first post. This got me to the point of where I could boot to the GRUB command line. I then used the install comand to load the config file, and it works great!

Thanks... now I've got to get back working on my VB program

NewToit

Last edited by NewToit; 01-16-2003 at 01:45 PM.
 
  


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