first post !
appreciate the help in advance,
Current setup includes slackware 13 64 bit, running off an hp hdx16 laptop. In the process of setting up a dual boot scenario with a previously installed version of Windows 7.
In my attempt to copy a 512-bs .BIN image of my LILO Configuration on /dev/sda4, I am under the impression I must first copy that .bin file to media recognizable by Windows and install it in it's /dev/sda1 boot partition, before configuring bcdedit.
My setup appears as follows :
# fdisk -l
* 1 13 (Blocks: 102400) Id (7) System (HPFS/NTFS)
^ under the impression this is a boot partition created by the Windows 7 installation initially. fdisk -l states :
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
13 50998 (Blocks: 409533440) Id (7) System (HPDS/NTFS)
^ Windows 7 partition
50998 51520 (Blocks: 4197536) Id(82) System (Linux Swap)
^ Linux Swap
51521 60801 (Blocks: 74549632+) Id(83) System (Linux)
^ Slackware partition , LILO is installed here @ the root position.
I've run the following command to copy the first sector of my Linux partition to a .bin file, using : dd if=/dev/sda4 of=/tmp/linux.bin bs=512 count=1
# dmesg | grep 'scsi'
sd 0:0:0:0 Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
sd 1:0:0:0 Attached scsi generic sg1 type 5
# dmesg | grep 'hd'
Registered led device: hp::hddprotect
Another I ran into was, setting the default boot flag to /dev/sda4 via fdisk, runs fine, configuring /etc/lilo.conf to recognize the Windows boot entry as either on /dev/sda1 or /dev/sda2 results in : BOOTMGR not found * Use CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot. What gives ?
Still working on the LILO booting Windows 7 boot partition properly. Continuously getting BOOTMGR missing. What I've learned however, is that on Windows 7 Ultimate, this "100 MB" partition handles Bitlocker encryption
, the bootloader and WinRE (the basic files for recovering Windows 7). Unfortunately, it does not seem that LILO is able to boot such a partition. So it looks like I must resort to having BCDEDIT (the default boot loader for Windows) handle the situation.
Should assist most people experiencing similar errors/situations.
All the best.