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Old 03-25-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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win98 install with linux


Hi, I have a problem installing Win98 on a sistem that already has linux on it. I tried to install win on a primary fat16 partition using a startup floppy. After reboot grub didn't started(it is installed in the superblock of the linux partition) and the error message reported 'invalid sistem disk, pls insert disk etc'. After this I couldn't start Linux either, I used live cd, changed the boot flag to the linux partition(initially the windows had the boot flag and grub was working fine). Now, the question: can someoane help me install that damn win 98, what am I doing wrong?

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Old 03-25-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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Install windows first then linux....

win98 ??

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Old 03-25-2007, 01:54 PM   #3
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I could try this but I don't wanna lose all my installation packages. It's an old system, that's why I chose win 98 .
 
Old 03-25-2007, 02:44 PM   #4
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Burn install packages to CD....format hard drive....install win 98....install linux...

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I could try this but I don't wanna lose all my installation packages. It's an old system, that's why I chose win 98 .
 
Old 03-27-2007, 01:27 PM   #5
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YA, I guess it's the only thing I can do
Thanx .
 
Old 03-27-2007, 02:17 PM   #6
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You do not have to reinstall linux. Windows does not have to be installed first but the boot loader will be over written when a version of windows is installed second.

Linux does not use the boot flag so set it to the windows primary partition. You can restore grub from a liveCD or the original install CD if it has a rescue mode or a rescue boot floppy. You can also save the MBR to a file using the dd command. After windows is loaded restore grub.

What distribution / version of linux are you running?
 
Old 03-29-2007, 10:33 AM   #7
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I use Puppy Linux 2.11. I reinstalled grub after the first win98 setup reboot but still it didn't boot from the harddisk.
 
Old 03-29-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
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Does windows boot successfully or do you still get an invalid system disk message.

The message means that the bootloader is bad or it does not exist.
 
Old 03-29-2007, 01:33 PM   #9
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I get the error message. I guess the windows install writes the mbr, but still, it should boot correctly at least the from the windows partition if not grub.
 
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Redhat article re:GRUB boot repairs

http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/0...boot-problems/
 
Old 04-14-2007, 05:56 AM   #11
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thanks rob .
 
Old 04-14-2007, 07:41 AM   #12
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You are welcome...These forums are why I love Linux !!
 
  


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