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I am having some trouble setting up a dual boot with Win XP and Slackware 13.1. Lilo lists both Linux and Windows, but when I select Windows, all I get is a black screen. I have two hard drives, sda1 and sdb1. I first installed Windows on sdb1 (it is a smaller, older drive). I then installed Slackware on sda1 and selected to install Lilo on the MBR. I'm guessing that by doing this, I wrote over the Windows information that was already there. Could this be my problem? I feel like this should be an easy fix, but I just don't know where to start in order to fix it.
If it helps, here is the end of my lilo.conf file.
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sdb1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sdb
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda1
label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
installed Slackware on sda1 and selected to install Lilo on the MBR. I'm guessing that by doing this, I wrote over the Windows information that was already there Could this be my problem?
Yes, part of it at least. This usually happens in the reverse, installing windows automatically overwrites the mbr without asking or notifying the user. At least you were notified. Another part of the problem is that windows is not on the first drive so it needs to be mapped. I haven't used Lilo for years so don't know how to do this. You could try searching "boot windows from second drive with lilo" or something similar.
Distribution: x86_64 Slack 13.37 current : +others
What happens when you boot to the other drive,I mean you have two sda1 and sdb1...using the F number at first boot select the drive to boot from,on my N01 box I use F11 on my N02 box I use F8,if you have,nt got an F number you can change the boot order in the BIOS.
While you are working on the problem you can discover other ways to boot an OS...for example Smart Boot manager on the UBCD will boot your windoze and from the 13.1 DVD you can use pkgtool and create a boot stick for Slack.
There are several ways to do most things... ! I wish I knew more of them. LOL
I do have the right partition. I tried changing /dev/sdb1 to /dev/sdb2 in lilo.conf and when I ran lilo I got a fatal error about not being able to load /dev/sb2.
fdisk -l gives...
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 38305 307684881 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 38306 38913 4883760 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 38306 38913 4883728+ 82 Linux swap
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 30400 244187968+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
If I just reinstalled everything, and put Windows on the first drive and Slack on the second, could that fix my problem? I would physically switch the drives first, because I want the Slack drive to be the bigger drive. I don't want to do this though, because it would take a good part of my day.