Slack 10 + Win Xp Dual Boot Help
I am trying to dual boot Slack 10 and XP Pro on my laptop (toshiba a55-s326)
I have installed LILO at the beginning of the Linux root partition (/dev/hda2 ), not at the MBR. A suggestion I have come across in order to dual boot is to copy the boot sector of /dev/hda2 (using dd) in a file e.g. c:\slack.bin and then add the line
c:\slack.bin="Slackware" in the boot.ini XP file. (The root partition begins below cylinder 1024). However Linux does not boot (the annoying "hal.dll file missing or corrupt" error message at boot) - XP boot fine.
Is the boot sector guarranteed to be located at the very first 512 bytes of the root partition? Should I create a separate boot partition?
Does anyone have other suggestions? Is installing LILO at MBR a safe solution?
Is GRUB supposed to be safer, either at MBR or at the root partition?
Thanks for your time