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k4ution 11-17-2004 11:34 PM

Dual booting Slack 10/Win XP
 
Does anyone know of any tutorials for setting up Slackware and Win XP Pro on a laptop with no floppy drive using lilo.

blk96gt 11-18-2004 12:56 AM

It's really pretty simple. During the install it wil lask you if you want to install lilo, and just go through the process. It's pretty self explanitory.

k4ution 11-18-2004 01:29 AM

yea i figured it out when I did it. I just didn't want to do it and mess up and not have a way to boot to either.

BroX 11-18-2004 03:49 AM

Main thing is to install winXP first, and then Linux.
Loads of info using Google:
http://www.google.fi/search?q=howto+...en-US:official

RanDrake10 11-18-2004 07:08 AM

Add the commet " nofloppy " in lilo to disable the floppy support.

ajbrouwe 11-18-2004 04:10 PM

dual booting is simple. First, like the others said, install windows first. Also, make sure you go through the Lilo setup. BUT, make sure to use the expert to ensure that it gets things right (expert is still very simple).

Then, make you sure you add both the windows and linux installs. Then, finalize with "install lilo," finish the install, and reboot. Hopefully the lilo screen will now show up. If not, boot from CD1, and fix your lilo configuration. Piece of cake.

Hope this helps,

Andrew

cythrawll 11-18-2004 04:30 PM

some notes i'd like to add for safety, make sure you add lilo to the root directory not the mbr!. and set the windows partition to not bootable, so your winxp won't try to boot over linux (prob with some systems, other not a prob)

buaku 11-18-2004 07:48 PM

i used a method like this
http://www.littlewhitedog.com/content-52.html

It was pretty much install windows first, install linux, put lilo on the hd, not the mbr, then use dd to dump the first 512 bytes of the drive lilo was isntalled on, move it over to windows and modify the boot.ini.

I read it in the Linux in a Nutshell book from Oreilly too.

blk96gt 11-18-2004 10:46 PM

If you do ever need to resinstall windows, just use one of the slack install cd's and boot from it. Then run /sbin/lilo again as root to reinstall it to the MBR.

ajbrouwe 11-19-2004 10:30 AM

I disagree very strongly. Adding it to the MBR is a perfect, and to me, easiest and most effective, way to do it. I have installed linux more than a few times, and have NEVER had an issue.

Andrew

mdarby 11-19-2004 10:32 AM

I always install to the MBR. As said, just make sure that you install Windows first.

If in a pinch, and lilo dies for some reason, you can always boot up with a Windows boot disk and do "fdisk /mbr" to restore the mbr.

blk96gt 11-19-2004 12:06 PM

Why are you all saying that you have to install Windows first? Just use one of the installation cd's and boot back up to your system and reinstall lilo again by running '/sbin/lilo'.

cythrawll 11-19-2004 04:16 PM

maybe you guys had luck with installing it to the mbr. But I've known people and I have had BAD luck with it. even to the point where fdisk/mbr doesn't work anymore :(

WMD 11-20-2004 02:14 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by mdarby
If in a pinch, and lilo dies for some reason, you can always boot up with a Windows boot disk and do "fdisk /mbr" to restore the mbr.
That's for 9x. In NT-based, it's "fixmbr" from the recovery console.

mdarby 11-20-2004 08:34 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by WMD
That's for 9x. In NT-based, it's "fixmbr" from the recovery console.
Works for 2K/XP as well. I just did this the other day. Loading the "recovery console" takes too long ;)


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