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Okay, after a little messing around, heres what I got. I got the menu to show up that askes which os to boot. If I chose Linux, everything goes A okay, however, if I choose Windows, it don't go no where. It just lays "loading windows" or something and doesnt do anything after that. Here's my lilo.conf, can anyone help out on this one? Thanks much.
Edit: I am using Windows XP with NTFS
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hdb
#compact # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 500
# Normal VGA console
vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# ramdisk = 0 # paranoia setting
# End LILO global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz.old
root = /dev/hdb5
label = Slackware
read-only # Non-UMSDOS filesystems should be mounted read-only for checking
# Linux bootable partition config ends
# DOS bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hdc1
label = WindowsXP
# map-drive = 0x80
# to = 0x81
# map-drive = 0x81
# to = 0x80
table = /dev/hdc
# DOS bootable partition config ends
When I was going thru lilo config, it asked me to add a DOS parition but my partition is NTFS (WinXP). Is this whats causing the trouble? Can anyone post their lilo.conf that is dual booting Linux (Slack if possible) and XP?
First thought is that WindowsXP may not be able to boot from secondary slave disk (hdc), but I've never tried it, so I'm not sure.
My WindowsXP partition is /dev/hda1 as shown above. It's also an NTFS partition.
If you are using 2 hard drives, what about making the Windows drive hda and the Linux drive hdb or c? In the past I have had Linux set up on hdb without any trouble. Now that I have an 80 gig first drive Windows and Mandrake and Fedora are all on that drive. Swap is hdb. No problems at all.
Tell me how many hard drives do you have in the computer and, briefly, what is on each drive.
Glenzo, I did see yours for a few days ago and I compared mine and yours and I didn't see any huge differences which makes me think that I need something in mine that you dont need. Thanks for reposting though. For the rest that posted their lilo.confs, thanks I think I can pull this off now! (-: Ill keep you guys informed!
simplest way would be to install a third party boot loader like mr boot loader or boot 2000 with mr booter it would be better to have xp first linux second mainly when it sees that lilo is first will not install how ever there is a non technical way to dual booting set linux as slave and when you boot up go into your bios and choose to boot from the second drive there is a boot software thatwill work with xp only and linux and you do not have to re boot also if you want to spend the money try vm ware or emulation software some programs run xp inside of linux also if partitioning is to troublesome there is partition majic and also phat linux when using the version for xp it run with in Windows or forget about installing lnux at all and go with a live distro like knopix it runs off the cdrom
Glenzo was on the right track. I made some progress. Now, when I try to load XP, it says "Disk error, ctrl alt delete to restart" which means the OS is trying to load, but there is an error (obviously :-} )
Matt, when you installed Windows was the disk that it is installed on drive c? If so, Windows, as it's loading, will be looking for all of it's files to be located as such. In other words, the info that Windows has says that program XYZ is located at c:\programfiles\someprogram when in reality it's located at e:\programfiles\someprogram, causing massive confusion for the OS. Wonder if there's a config or 2 for Windows that you can edit to reflect this change. Can you try booting Windows to safe mode? If you can, then have a look at boot.ini ???????. I think that that file reflects boot/disk geometry for loading Windows.
I got it to work. I just used 0x81 instead of 0x82. I didn't test it out extensivly, so I don't know for sure if the havoc that you explain above will be in my future, but I sure hope not. Everything seem A Okay when I ran XP though. Thanks for all your help!