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Old 04-25-2002, 02:10 PM   #1
Joules
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Mandrake, dual boot


I have mandrake on a slave hard drive and win 98 on a master. Mandrake set everything up for me, but I'm not sure what it did. I have a menu to select between operating systems. It loads linux automatically after 8 seconds. I would like to know how the dual boot works, what exactly mandrake did...

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Old 04-25-2002, 02:15 PM   #2
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most of the time it will autoconfigure your system and edit either the lilo.conf file if your using lilo to boot or your grub.conf file i think if your using grub as your boot loader to dual boot your OS's.. both files reside in the /etc directory.
 
Old 04-25-2002, 02:33 PM   #3
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most of the time it will autoconfigure your system and edit either the lilo.conf file if your using lilo to boot or your grub.conf file i think if your using grub as your boot loader to dual boot your OS's.. both files reside in the /etc directory.
ok, thanks, I've been reading up on boot loaders, so the boot loader is stored on the MBR of my master drive?
 
Old 04-25-2002, 02:59 PM   #4
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ok, thanks, I've been reading up on boot loaders, so the boot loader is stored on ...
Yeah, basically. In the PC's bootstrapping process, the bootstrap program has to have a consistent place to go so that it will be able to move into memory and execute code that will find the OS. Look around the Operating System Resource Center for some good info on the bootstrap process as a whole. It may take a couple "bites" to get the idea, but it's really a fairly straightforward process.

Enjoy your Linux experience !!

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