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Old 07-22-2003, 03:31 AM   #1
monaliza
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dual-booting Linux system on a single hard


Hi,
My problem is about dual-booting Linux system on a single hard drive .kernel files are in /boot directory.and we know that lilo can only see kernels that are in 1024 cilynders of hard(Is it true?).
and I know that the others kernel can be locate in every directory.
so if a kernel was in cylinders after 1024 cylinders,then how can this kernel boot?
TNX for your help.

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Old 07-22-2003, 04:09 AM   #2
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Haven't got the faintest idea about actually answering your question,

but I dual boot on a single hard drive, using mandrake 9.1.

The install is pretty straightforward, if you have already got a windows install, then mandrake can resize it (I believe). I already had a linux partition so I just put it there. Also I have the luxury of partition magic 8.0 so I can meddle with the partitions easily, and have already set some disc space aside so I can try debian in the near future.

I should say that it would depend on your knowledge/experience levels, but if you try mandrake, download it (I would say all three disc images, but I think that you can actually get away with just the first one - or maybe two), burn the ".iso" images to disc, then just put the first disc in and follow the prompts and you should be up and running.

Just make sure that when the installer asks you about bootloaders, tell it to put it in the first section of the MBR, it WILL overwrite your windows mbr with the default of lilo(again, if you know what you're doing anyhow then you might choose grub). Also, it usually makes mandrake linux the default OS, but you can change that in the mandrake control centre in the system>boot option.

As usual, the only snags you might experience will probably be your net connection (unless you've already got a NIC and external modem/router - then it's only a case of setting the correct IP address etc), but if you have only done windows stuff before, then you should look into "winmodems" to make sure what kind of modem you've got - some winmodems can be configured if you can get the drivers, most of them can't.


Again, sorry if I can't give you a nice "techie" type answer to your question (I'm a truck driver, not a techie) but the above should be enough to get you up and running.

Hope it helps

regards

John

p.s. hope my post doesn't sound too much like "teaching Granny too suck eggs!"

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Old 07-22-2003, 10:49 AM   #3
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Hi Monaliza

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My problem is about dual-booting Linux system on a single hard drive .kernel files are in /boot directory.and we know that lilo can only see kernels that are in 1024 cilynders of hard(Is it true?).
and I know that the others kernel can be locate in every directory.
so if a kernel was in cylinders after 1024 cylinders,then how can this kernel boot?
TNX for your help.
No - LILO versions after 21.3 can recognise kernels beyong 1024 cylinders.

If your BIOS enables LBA you won't have a problem dual booting with your 2nd distribution's kernel beyong 1024.

In the case of LILO it simply uses a Map file to record the Raw hard disk locations of the boot images - most modern BIOS's enable LBA , so you'll be alright.
 
  


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