This is to volvogga:
You seem to have done what I want to do, which is to use BootMagic as my bootloader. Can you please tell me if you know for a fact that the following will work. Bear in mind that I am a Linux newbie, but I know Windows well.
I want to boot using BootMagic as follows:
Win98 Primary FAT32 3.5GB
WinXP Primary NTFS 5GB
Win2000 Primary NTFS 8.5GB
Linux Extended * 15.5GB
Data Extended NTFS 80GB
Shared Extended FAT32 2GB
* = I haven't yet installed Linux, but the unallocated space is there.
I already have all but Linux working in this way, and I do NOT want to use LILO/GRUB in the MBR because I may not want to keep Linux after I have installed it, as I am only trying it out at first. Besides this, I like BootMagic.
BootMagic is installed in the Win98 partition, and all the OSs are hidden from each other when they boot. I do it this way to prevent any one OS taking another down if they should get a virus or just generally go mad.
All the OSs can see the Shared partition in order to transfer stuff around.
From what I have read, if I install LILO in / when I install Linux I should be able to boot to it via BootMagic. The only thing I cannot seem to discover is whether there will be a problem with the 2GB/1024 cylinder thing under BootMagic when it is booting to Linux in an extended partition (I may be being stupid, but I don't really understand the 2GB/1024 cylinder thing).
Lastly, although I think it may not matter with regards to the above:
I am going to install Mandriva 2006.
My PC is a two year old Dell.