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Old 08-13-2003, 09:17 PM   #1
harpreet
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cannt boot linux from ntldr menu


i have winXP and redhat 7.2 on my presario 2500 . i installed linux with /boot,/ and swap partitions ,all of them after my primary partition .My primary partition is 6GB so /boot is after that . installed lilo in /boot not i mbr coz i wanted to use XP bootloader . i see the menu all right in XP ie i get the option to load linux or XP coz i edited the ntldr boot.ini but when i select linux my computer just hangs with just the cursor blinking
note i cant find my lilo.conf in my etc directory ,should i place it there using vi
 
Old 08-14-2003, 01:19 AM   #2
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cannt boot linux from ntldr menu

Hi,

I am facing the same problem. If you find a solution do let us know.


Thanks
 
Old 08-17-2003, 09:37 AM   #3
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still hung

i ve decided to renstall linux lets c what happens i ll let u know
 
Old 08-17-2003, 10:10 AM   #4
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By default, the windowsXP bootloader (NTLDR) can NOT boot linux.
NTLDR does not know how to do it.

However, the following tutorial can show you how to make NTLDR boot Linux.
http://jaeger.morpheus.net/linux/ntldr.php
 
Old 08-17-2003, 02:19 PM   #5
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i found the problem with my system....was silly of me ...i got redhat linux 7.2 with a book in 2 cds somehow one cd was working and another was not any way i went ahead with the insatalltion with cd1 .......this time i got it ....i used grub as linux loader enabled LBA32 and put it in my /boot partition ......copied the first 512 bytes from /boot to my floppy....u can do this by
dd if =/dev/hda* of=/bootsector.lx bs=512 count=1
*where hda is where /boot is installed
then mount your floppy using
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
cp bootsector.lx /mnt/floppy
umount /mnt/floppy
boot into windows and put bootsector.lx in your system root ie c drive
then in your boot.ini make the following entry at the end
c:\bootsector.lx="linux"
reboot and all should go well
in winxp boot.ini i entered the following line c:\bootsector.lx="linux

Last edited by harpreet; 08-17-2003 at 02:20 PM.
 
  


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