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Old 05-26-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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Question dual boot win98 and suse10.2


I have Suse 10.2 installed at the moment. Can I now install Windows 98 for a dual boot system? How?
I'm fairly new to Linux..

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Old 05-26-2007, 07:07 PM   #2
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Do a "Search" on these forums or "Google", that question has been answered many times.
 
Old 05-26-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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It would be best to install Windows first in the first "primary" partition, you can install it after Linux, as long as it is in a primary partition, but you have to edit the Linux boot loader manually to add Windows as a boot item and possibly re-load the Linux boot loader in the MBR of the disk set to boot in the bios, or add Linux to the Windows boot loader, (pain in the left side). By installing Windows first, when you install Linux...setting up the boot loader to include both OS's is a snap, just follow the default selections in the boot loader stage of the installation and you'll be able to boot any one upon re-boot.

EDIT: Don't you just hate it when a Linux user comes and asks a Linux related question at linuxquestions.org and is told to look elsewhere first. Every question asked here today has been asked before. Maybe we should have Larry put together a script so the response is automatically like his/hers for every question that is asked in the future, I can concentrate on something else instead of being helpfull, like......, going to another forum like linuxforums, or whatever.

EDIT: Got into a fight with the old lady there Larry?, taking it out on the newbies?.

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Old 05-26-2007, 08:53 PM   #4
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Junior Hacker, I'll be the first to apologise, I admit that was cruel. If you will check my post again you will see that I did suggest that he search LQ first. I will in the future try and be more sensitive with my help.
 
Old 05-26-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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Quote:
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I have Suse 10.2 installed at the moment. Can I now install Windows 98 for a dual boot system? How?
I'm fairly new to Linux..
As already stated, when Windows is on anything but the first partition, there are some extra steps.

The easy way is to install Windows first, using only 10-15GB (leave the rest unpartitioned). Then install Linux on the 2nd partition--it will generally detect windows and set things up automatically.
 
Old 05-26-2007, 09:09 PM   #6
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God bless the Canadians
 
Old 05-26-2007, 09:50 PM   #7
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Larry

I'm no different, I've put myself in the same position on occasion, I'm an avid home wine brewer and have to test my product, right?. The testing stage can make an "ass..le" out of me sometimes, and I've been told to either answer in a constructive manner or don't answer at all.
EDIT: Happens to all of us eventually. It's hot here today, I had to do a couple cool ones, was tempted to do the smart mouth thing, (again), but held back, (second thoughts).

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Old 05-27-2007, 09:44 AM   #8
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dual boot win 98 and suse 10.2

Thanx guys, I appreciate all your replies. I did search and google(exhaustively) before I posted, but couldn't quite get the answer I was looking for.

With Suse installed I tried to install Windows, but no luck. The windows disk just doesn't boot, maybe I don't have a bootable disk..?

Then I thought I'd uninstall/delete suse but didn't exactly know how. So, I change the bootrecord to boot from floppy which got me nowhere, except that I couldn't get to Suse anymore and had to reinstall. Only, I lost about 20GB in the process, don't know where that went...

Can someone PLEASE tell me what do next?
 
Old 05-27-2007, 10:40 AM   #9
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If the Windows disk (CD?) will not boot, then that has nothing to do with what is on the hard disk. Check the BIOS settings to be sure it is set up to boot from CD. Also, try the CD on another computer.

It sounds like you have SUSE re-installed an running. If so, open a terminal, switch to root using "su", and enter "fdisk -l". Post the results here.
 
Old 05-27-2007, 11:06 AM   #10
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results of fdisk -l


Disk /dev/hda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 262 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda2 * 263 2873 20972857+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 2874 27676 199230097+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda4 27677 30401 21888562+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda5 2874 5484 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 5485 27676 178257208+ 83 Linux
 
Old 05-27-2007, 11:24 AM   #11
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OK, your disk space is all accounted for---ie there are contiguous partitions going all the way to the end. (If you are not familiar with partitions, hda3 is an extended partition--often described as a "container" for logical partitions--in this case hda5 and hda6).

How are all of these used now?

Did you get that Windows install CD to boot?
 
Old 05-27-2007, 11:52 AM   #12
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OK, I have suse installed on hda5, hda6 = /home, hda4 is mounted on /windows/c but is empty.

I checked the bios and boot sequence is floppy, cd-rom then HD. It seems ok, unless it is confusing the dvd and cd (or maybe I am).

I tested the cd on a laptop and it booted fine, so the problem must lie with my bios, I just can't figure it out.
 
Old 05-27-2007, 12:53 PM   #13
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If you installed SUSE, then presumably THAT CD booted. What exactly happens when you attempt to boot the Windows CD?

You said something about confusing the DVD and the CD---do you have two optical drives?
 
Old 05-27-2007, 01:36 PM   #14
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I have a dvd-writer and cd-writer. I installed suse from dvd, but also used the Knoppix-cd as live boot (from cd-rom). It only seems to have trouble recognizing the windows boot disk not Linux.
 
Old 05-27-2007, 02:18 PM   #15
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Have you tried the Windows CD in both drives?

Again, what exactly happens when you attempt to boot the Windows CD?
 
  


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