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Old 05-16-2002, 02:05 PM   #1
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I need to install windoze without messing with RedHat 7.2 HELP!


Hi everyone!


I'm having problems with wineX, which ask lot of stuff from windoze, and for this i have added a vfat partition on a hard disk. Now at start, grub knows there is a vfat partition and asks me for my start option (linux / DOS) the question is:

How do you suggest me to install windows in the vfat partition, so it will not mess with the other (ext3) partitions in the Hard Disk?


Thank you all in advance

Hano

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Old 05-16-2002, 02:17 PM   #2
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I'd make a Linux bootdisk/rescuedisk/emergencydisk or whatever it is called so you will always be able to boot your linux partition by starting with a floppy.
Then you can just install windows on the vfat partition. It may not even screw up the bootsector or MBR, but if it does you're safe.

Oh, just one more thing: if you plan on installing Win2K, be careful. If I don't disable my second HD (containing linux) in 2K, it will screw up the file system for some reason. It can be recovered by using backup superblocks with e2fsck, but it's still not that much fun.

I haven't heard of anyone else having this problem, but I thought I'd warn you just the same.

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Old 05-16-2002, 03:59 PM   #3
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Make a bootdisk for sure! I know that any Windoze installation will wipe out whatever bootloader you have set up without warning (be it GRUB or LILO), so be prepared to reinstall the bootloader.

I have two partitions on my /dev/hda, and I tried installing Windoze 95, 98, ME and XP on the first one, while RedHat 7.2 was on the second partition, with no problems (well, except for the destruction of my GRUB bootloader every freakin' time!). I think the trick to it is to define an "extended" partition, and stick your all your Linux partitions inside this "extended" partition, while keeping Windoze on your "Primary" partition (basically play by Billie's rulez). I heard that if you do not make an "extended " partition, Windoze will mess up you Linux partitions...

I hope this made sense.
 
Old 05-16-2002, 04:50 PM   #4
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Originally posted by sewer_monkey
Make a bootdisk for sure! I know that any Windoze installation will wipe out whatever bootloader you have set up without warning (be it GRUB or LILO), so be prepared to reinstall the bootloader.
That probably depends on where you installed the loader.

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I heard that if you do not make an "extended " partition, Windoze will mess up you Linux partitions...
Ah, so THAT is what the problem is... hmm, let's see if there's anything I can do about it.
 
Old 05-16-2002, 06:13 PM   #5
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Thanx guys!

First, i repartitioned the /dev/hdb so it holds:

hdb1 /mnt ext3
hdb2 swap ext3
hdb3 /windoze vfat

(now, apparently the redhat installer formats vfat as old fat16 filesystem, and as a consequence windoze start complaining about it couldn't find a windows partition d8-=B) , anyway , then i reformatted with fdisk the vfat partition (now it was ok, it was vfat32) so i installed windoze, everything ok

But, the fact is that, when i boot 'DOS' from the bootloader (grub) it froze at the initial words:

bootverify (symbols here)

or something like this, just after choosing 'DOS' from the bootloader, the fact it's it doesn't boot windoze correctly! i think that after windows install, i should reinstall-reconfigure grub, how do you suggest me to do this neatly?

to verify that win98 wasn't screwd or something, i booted back again, for doing so i unplugged /dev/hda so it didn't detect linux nor grub,..
... and for now its the only way i'd figure out to boot win98, (grub man page really sucks).. plz help me here!


Thanks in advance,

Hano

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Old 05-16-2002, 07:48 PM   #6
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Mmmmkay...

Quote:

title Windoze 98
     rootnoverify (hd1,2)
I think...


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Old 05-16-2002, 07:54 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Griffon26

That probably depends on where you installed the loader.
Yup! You're right. I think Windoze just nukes the MBR...
 
Old 05-17-2002, 01:11 PM   #8
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grub its in the MBR of /hda (linux) partition, while windows its in /hdb3, an in order to run i have to phisically unplug /hda ( since i dont want to run any risk until i know exactly what i'm doing and since it won't boot to win anyway)


originally qouted by sewer_monkey:
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title Windoze 98
rootnoverify (hd1,2)
exactly!


Hano

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Old 05-18-2002, 03:57 AM   #9
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Its better if you install linux as the last OS. saves you a lot of head ache
 
  


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