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Old 02-06-2002, 04:10 PM   #1
Chaos581
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Question Win2k RedHat and MBR


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Right, heres the deal. I have (had) win 2k running nicely and everything, and decided to put RedHat 6.0 on here aswell for a dual boot (6.0 as its the only version I had at the time, and over a 56k modem it would take 70 hours to download 7.2, anyway...), when using disk druid I came accross the issue of the master boot record "being too big"?!? I did a little looking around in a manual, and found that the problem was probably down to me having NTFS. So I did some copying, formatted my partitions and ended up with 3 FAT32 partitions. At the moment C: is blank (intended for Linux, though I'd have preffered G D: is my junk drive where I stick everything, E: F: are CD-ROMS, and G: has Win 2K (REINSTALED I have to add, stupid mickey mouse OS won't let you do anything to fix things). So what I want to do now is Get Linux up and running along with Win 2K.

Questions:
The MBR at the moment insists that there is 2 OS's (Win 2K and Win 2K)! Is it easier to fix this in Linux or Win2K? Can anyone tell me which is easiest?

For a dual boot, would Lilo kick off Win2K OK?

Would I be better off cutting my losses, fdisking the lot, installing Linux THEN Win2K? Or should I stick with Win 2K the way it is and put Linux (RedHat 7.1) on afterwards?

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Old 02-12-2002, 01:38 AM   #2
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When I installed windows and linux I installed windows first, as c, or as hda for linux. I remember reading that was easier.

I then used lilo (btw, this was installing RH7.2), to boot from windows mbr, hda. As for as the 2 win partions, I guess you would just have to make sure you don't chose the storage drive and I think you can do this from /etc/lilo.conf.

There is a good deal about this on this forum. Thats where I learned to do it. Good luck!
 
Old 02-12-2002, 04:58 AM   #3
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When you install Linux, make sure you use LiLo to boot. It will overwrite the MBR, but it is a much better booter than the Win2K booter. You can configure the boot-menu to include what-ever OS you want. In general, to boot other OSes, all you need to do is tell LiLo which partition they're on.
 
Old 02-12-2002, 06:08 AM   #4
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If it's just windows asking for win2k or win2k on boot, you can edit c:\boot.ini to get rid of the duplicate entry. You might have to attrib a few attributes off, (hidden, read only and system probably), but I can't tell you if there would be a problem with the hard-drives changing from NTFS to fat. If the lines are exactly the same, I would suggest it's safe to just remove one of them, and then everything will be hunky dory!

Be careful with boot.ini though, just incase everything hits the fan if you change it too much!

HTH

glj
 
Old 02-12-2002, 08:32 AM   #5
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Re: Win2k RedHat and MBR

Quote:
Originally posted by Chaos581
At the moment C: is blank (intended for Linux, though I'd have preffered G D: is my junk drive where I stick everything, E: F: are CD-ROMS, and G: has Win 2K (REINSTALED I have to add, stupid mickey mouse OS won't let you do anything to fix things). So what I want to do now is Get Linux up and running along with Win 2K.

Questions:
The MBR at the moment insists that there is 2 OS's (Win 2K and Win 2K)! Is it easier to fix this in Linux or Win2K? Can anyone tell me which is easiest?

Ok, this is from my experience working with win2k and Linux.

First off install windows first ( it complains if it's not on c: ) then install Linux , get rid of g:.

To fix the mbr try issuing this command at the dos prompt "fdisk /mbr" that clears the mbr you want to do that before you reinstall wiondows on to the c drive , OR if you have BOTH boot disks!
 
  


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