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I tried to read about some boot essentials. What I don't understand though is that lilo (or was it grub, can't remember) doesn't necessarily alter the mbr. You can install it eg also to the boot sector of the partition. But if it doesn't alter the mbr, how does the bios that reads this mbr first thing knows where to find these linux boot managers? Anyway, it works and probably I've misunderstood something but I'd like to know what before I'm going to play with these things.
Distribution: openSuSE 42.1_64+Tumbleweed-KDE, Mint 17.3
Then the MBR calls another loader (e.g. NT-Loader) which has to be primed to start LILO/GRUB. I do it with triple boot (DOS, NT, SuSE) and can switch from one boot menu do the other and back again until I'm dizzy or start an OS ... .