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Old 04-15-2002, 12:53 AM   #1
gwenjhe
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question about dual boot


Hi,

I just installed Linux on my pc, and I did a
dual boot install with windows 98. I was wondering if anyone know if windows 98 swap
files willaffect Linux?

The reason I ask is because while doing the install, i followed instructions and turned
off windows swap file. After installation
was completed, I turned windows swap file
back on, and had trouble booting Linux.

After running fsck I could boot back into
Linux... but have the same trouble everytime
I try to boot Linux after running windows.
Any help or suggestion on this problem
is appreciated!

-- G

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Old 04-15-2002, 05:35 AM   #2
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As far as I know, the windows swap file is just a file on the windows partition, so no. I dont see how it could affect the linux install. Do you use lilo as bootmanager? boot linux and type 'lilo' (as root?) to install it. It will detect your windows install and give you an entry in the boot menu for it.
You might want to make sure that the windows install boots properly and then boot off the Linux CD or bootdisk and then install LILO.
 
Old 04-15-2002, 05:44 AM   #3
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Re: question about dual boot

Quote:
Originally posted by gwenjhe
I followed instructions and turned
off windows swap file.
Where did you get these instructions? I've never heard of having to turn off the Windows SWAP. I have heard of Slackware (v. old version) using the same swap file as Windows (3.1), but not actually needing to turn it off.
 
Old 04-15-2002, 06:26 PM   #4
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fatgod,

I installed Grub as boot manager.

......

Thymox,

I was mistaken, the instructions were not from the install, but
from FIPS which I used to partition my computer's harddisk:


***********************************************
But before starting FIPS you _must_ now defragment your
Harddisk. All of the space that will be used for the new
partition must be free. Be aware that the Windows Swapfile
will not be moved by most defragmentation programs. You
must uninstall it (in the 386enhanced part of the Windows
Control Panel) and rein-stall it after using FIPS.

************************************************

.....

I am very new to this, so please be patient if my questions
seem dumb

After partitioning the harddisk, windows will only access
memory space within it's own partition right? I mean, no
chance that windows swap will corrupt any files from Linux?

- G
 
Old 04-15-2002, 09:42 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by gwenjhe

After partitioning the harddisk, windows will only access
memory space within it's own partition right? I mean, no
chance that windows swap will corrupt any files from Linux?

- G
Yup... no chance that windows will be able to access or corrupt any files from linux if they are on seperate partitions and the linux partition is ext2/ext3 fs.
 
Old 04-16-2002, 04:20 AM   #6
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Aha! I now see your problem. The 386Enhanced mode that is mentioned in the instructions is from the good ol' days of Win3.1. You shouldn't need to even think about Windows SWAP for versions 95+, and almost all modern distros are quite happy to do the partitioning for you without using Fips.
 
  


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