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Old 02-14-2005, 09:24 PM   #1
Mr. Hill
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Bootloader question and a Slackware question


On the Fedora install I either didn't put on Grub or I didn't configure it correctly. I was able to boot into Win by manually telling it to boot me into Win, but now I don't really now how to get back to Fedora. Can I manage Grub, or do I have to do a clean reinstall?

The other thing is that my friend said he put on Slack the other day and loves it, but he says it uses the LILO bootloader (I knew that) but he said that LILO won't support Win (didn't know that). If this is the case I cannot get Slack. This sounds insane but I might get a laptop just so I can screw around and completely run it off of a Linux distro (probably Slack).

Just those two questions. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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LILO will boot windows fine....as will grub. LILO is the default bootloader for slack, and should automatically add the windows info to the bootloader when it installs...at least mine did.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 10:07 PM   #3
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atu.cjb.net/software/grub/GRUB_Guide.html
www.dirac.org/linux/lilo/lilo.html

I had a righteous link to some sicko that supposedly booted 37 different operating systems but Firefox bailed and I lost it. Your friend is wrong if he seems to think that lilo cannot boot windows (if that is what you mean by Win).

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Old 02-14-2005, 10:09 PM   #4
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On the Fedora install I either didn't put on Grub or I didn't configure it correctly. I was able to boot into Win by manually telling it to boot me into Win, but now I don't really now how to get back to Fedora. Can I manage Grub, or do I have to do a clean reinstall?
You don't need to do a clean install. You may use the fedora rescue cd (5th cd) and boot in fedora and reconfigure grub, or use any other live cd like knoppix. Also try the first fedora cd, I think it can install grub automatically again.

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The other thing is that my friend said he put on Slack the other day and loves it, but he says it uses the LILO bootloader (I knew that) but he said that LILO won't support Win (didn't know that)
This is completely untrue. The PC from which I'm posting u this, is dual-booting using lilo.

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Old 02-14-2005, 10:23 PM   #5
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OK thanks for the info, I think my friend is just a bit crazy sometimes... He put Slack on at 11:00 last night, so I don't think he was quite for sure on what he was seeing/configuring.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 11:00 PM   #6
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is the windows install on a separate drive?
i have windows xp and gentoo on separate drives. i got it work by looking through the man for lilo.conf and finding the "boot-as:0x80" option. Just use the lilo.conf.example and add that to the "image=other" line (for non-linux hard os).

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-14-2005, 11:11 PM   #7
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Yes, he has Win XP on one drive and Slack on the other. I'll tell him how to access Win. Thanks.
 
  


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