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Old 08-10-2001, 03:18 AM   #1
GraemeG
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Unhappy Mandrake 8/Win2K Dual Boot Install Problem


I am new to Linux.
I want to setup my PC with a dual boot for Win2000 & Mandrake 8 Linux.
I have found a lot of info on this and have followed instructions carefully.
I installed Win2000 first.
I then installed Mandrake 8.
However, I NEVER get the opportunity to create a boot disk OR to specify where to install the bootloader.
The install just jumps over these steps. Consequently the Mandrake seems to install its bootloader over the MBR (which has the Windows boot loader) automatically, which I don't want it to do!
Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong?
 
Old 08-10-2001, 04:23 AM   #2
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Does Mandrake actually stop you booting to win2k then? When I did that (be it w/ RH71) The win2k bootloader actually left itself on it's own partition, so LILO gave be a choice of linux or dos (a la MBR) and then choosing dos took be then to the win2k boot menu, for win2k or win98. I don't *think* that the windows bootloader can actually boot to a non dos partition anyway, so you need to use LILO to dual boot. But don't quote me! :-) There should be an easier way to install win2k, to put the bootloader on the partition, rather than the MBR.

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Old 08-10-2001, 04:34 AM   #3
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I was running 98 and 2k when I installed Madrake 8. It did install on the MBR, and put an entry for Windows in the boot menu. When I select this, the usual M S boot menu comes up with 2k and 98. Course you wont have a boot menu for windows as you only have 2k on.

When LILO is configuring, it'll show you the list of boot options available (this is true with the expert install anyway, don't know about the others), containing things like Linux, Linux failsafe, and there should be windows there. If windows isn't there, all you need to do is make an entry pointing to the windows partition (I can't remember the specifics.

As for the windows boot menu loading a non-dos partition, I remember reading a howto telling you to extract bootsect.lnx from somewhere, and copying it to your windows boot partition, editing the boot.ini to point to that file, and it would load Linux. Didn't try it though.

HTH

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Old 08-10-2001, 06:50 AM   #4
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Similar issue

I can relate to your problem. I have a question to add.

In Mandrake 8 is there a way to make the default bootup windows instead of linux? Also is there a way to increase the time you have to choose? The default I believe is like 5 seconds or less.

My fiance is a little intimidated by linux and I don't want to have her freak out when it boots to linux and have her hit the power button in frustration.

Thanks!
 
Old 08-10-2001, 07:26 AM   #5
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Yep, I think there's a lilo configurator in the control center somewhere. You'll have to be a superuser (It'll ask you for the root password when it needs it)

Sorry I can't be more specific

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Old 08-10-2001, 07:39 AM   #6
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you just need to edit the /etc/lilo.conf file, and change the line 'default=linux' to the approriate value, i.e. the 'label=' value in the right section. Then just run 'lilo' as superuser. BOSH!

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Old 08-10-2001, 08:03 AM   #7
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Yep, that's a better suggestion! btw, BOSH?

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Old 08-12-2001, 10:58 AM   #8
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better way

go to /mnt
type mount -t msdos /dev/hda1 /mnt (that's where your win boot process is)
after that edit your boot.ini and enter c:\bootsec.lin="linux" or "mandrake" or "redhat" whatever you want
again go to the /mnt
and type dd if =/dev/hda6 of=bootsec.li bs=512 count=1 (press enter after and you will be able to boot with the dual boot but with the boot.in from win)
 
Old 08-13-2001, 08:12 PM   #9
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Talking Windows 2k and linux Md8

Hi all,

i just installed linux mandrake 8 and it did work with the w2k bootloader. but i think u need to use the Expert mode of install. never fear the expert is not hard, i did it and ive never used linux b4. if u do kill your w2k bootloader, stick your cd in the cdrom and allow the cd to autoboot. then load the installer (it does it normally atuomatically) then choose rescure with the console. then login and tyr FixBootLoader and if that doesn't work type FixMBR.

Anyways MD8 works fine with graphical LILO and it load NT with out a problem. enjoy

PS if u want the 2 best os use 2k and linux they rock!

 
  


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