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Old 01-30-2003, 10:45 PM   #1
JinxU1
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Question Dual Boot Win2000Pro & RH 8 w/Boot.ini


I have installed RH 8 onto my Compaq EvoN600c laptop. When installing I selected Grub as my boot loader. But I did not choose to install it to the MBR because I did not want to disturb my Win2000Pro install. I also could not make the boot disks, because I did not have a floppy drive on my laptop. I knew, I need to
make the boot disks but did not have the means to do so during the install. I do have a Cd-rom I can boot to. I need to know: 1)How can I make the boot disks, So I can boot to Linux, I can not boot to Linux as it is. 2) I want to be able to load Linux from the
Boot.ini file. I know grub would have done this in the mbr, but I want to boot with the Boot.ini unless otherwise convinced. I have seen docs on how to do so with Lilo but have not seen any with Grub. Please any help would be greatly appreciated. I have wrote down all my partition information during the install. So I do know where everything is on my disks. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Old 01-31-2003, 04:00 AM   #2
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boot with your cd in rescue mode. then, when at a terminal, run this:

chroot /mnt/sysimage

mkbootdisk <your kernel version>
(not the 2.4.????boot kernel).

it doesn't matter if you GRUB or LILO or not Linux bootloader if u want to use NTLoader via boot.ini. do an LQ search - it has been tackled dozen of times.

hth.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 04:24 AM   #3
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Re: Dual Boot Win2000Pro & RH 8 w/Boot.ini

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Originally posted by JinxU1
I did not want to disturb my Win2000Pro install.
I'm really wondering why.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 08:17 AM   #4
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If you install grug at the first sector of you root partition then you can do this:

goto this page:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...t/bootpart.htm

Download the bootpart application if have a HDD larger than 8.4 Gb you'll prefer the bootpart version with LBA32 compatibility.

Install bootpart on your Win2k system and follow the instructions to work with it.

It works to me, but I have LILO installed.
If you have any problem you can use your cd to boot.
Boot in rescue mode and run 'lilo'
Just typing lilo.

RedHat installation install both booting programs and make both configuration files (/etc/lilo.conf for lilo).

For more information also you can read the "NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO".

You can found it at: www.tldp.org ; HOWTOs section.

Radicalm16.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 08:37 AM   #5
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Born4linux,
I am using the 2.4.18 kernal. What cammands should I type?
Also as I mentioned before I am on a laptop. I can either have a cd-rom or a floppy but not both, unless I can boot my laptop in the docking station. When I booted from the boot cd, while docked it hung up.

Thanks for the help.

Last edited by JinxU1; 01-31-2003 at 09:15 AM.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 08:42 AM   #6
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Membrex,
You asked why?
Because this is a business enviroment and the Win2000pro install has informaiton that I would not like to lose. I am new to installing Linux and realize that I probably did not know exactly what I was doing. Hens why I am looking for answers. Any suggestion would be greatly appriciated.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 09:18 AM   #7
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the "NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO" that Radicalm16 mentioned has all the answers to setting it up including what commands to use.

PS.. Win2000 is the next version of NT 4.0 so it uses "the NT OS loader" in case you didn't know that already.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 11:32 AM   #8
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Got Boot disk!

Well I have my boot disk. But when I boot is says: "boot failed" Any ideas?

here is my drive configuration:

hda1 12,225mb NTFS
hda2 8194mb vfat
hda3 103mb ext3 Boot
hda4 8092mb extended start 1671 end 2766
hda5 7073mb ext3 root start 1671 end 2628
hda6 1019mb swap start 2629 end 2766

When I installed grub I told it to install to hda3 instead of mbr.

What files do i need to edit in order to get linux up? Please tell me exactly what I should do. I am very new to Linux!
 
Old 01-31-2003, 11:37 AM   #9
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GRUB should be installed on the MBR because it chainloads MS Windows which has to be installed before Linux on the same drive. If Linux is not on a primary partition but instead an extended partition, than you need a boot disk.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 09:49 PM   #10
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ok, go to this page:
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...EPS-MAKE-DISKS

Follow the instrutions to make a boot disk. If that boot disk don't works for you (boot successfully), definitely you are in problems...
 
  


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