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Old 10-14-2003, 10:58 AM   #1
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Your opinion on LILO, Dual booting, NT Boot loader....etc.


Hey all,

After reading around a bit on dual booting Windows XP/2000/NT with Slackware, I noticed something.

There is a lot of How To's on dual booting with LILO and also with making a second boot choice in the NT boot loader to load Linux.

My question is this:

Is one way better than the other?

Is it just as easy to do both? (it seems like it's easyer to just use LILO)

Also, it would seem that if you're going to use Linux and you eventually may "blow away" your Windows OS, that you would want to use LILO or GRUB instead of the NT boot loader.

Thoughts/Answers/Opinions?

I ask this because I am about to install Slack 9.1 onto a laptop with Windows XP already installed. I have already made space for Slack....but I wonder...which way is better/correct?

I personally think I should just install Slack and tell it to put LILO into the MBR and then give myself the option within LILO to load WINXP. That seems like the best way to me

Sorry.....didn't mean to be so long winded.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:20 AM   #2
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I personally think I should just install Slack and tell it to put LILO into the MBR and then give myself the option within LILO to load WINXP. That seems like the best way to me.
I agree - That's the way I did it..
 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:54 AM   #3
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I've always been using System Commander. *grins*
Old habits die hard in the cold north.
I had some problems with XP and LiLo
Sometimes XP started fine and then again not at all.
Typical windows problem.
One moment really nice and easy and then totally bananas......
 
Old 10-14-2003, 01:23 PM   #4
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I've never had a problem dual booting by installing lilo into the MBR and then letting it auto add (or manually add) the win partition.

For some reason on my laptop the slack install finds the win partition and adds it in automagically. On my desktop i have to add it in manually.

I know there are a lot of poeple out in linux land that prefer GRUB. I have found lilo to be a hair quicker IMHO than GRUB and slack comes with LILO so why not use it?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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You know what I don't know?

How the heck to change the default 2:00 minute countdown in LILO when slack is installed

I just never really gave it any thought.........because I don't reboot that often

I am going to find that out...

edit: Just found out that the Timeout = nn is in 1/10ths of a second.

So if I want to have a 5 second timeout I need that to say 50 instead of the default of 1200

Last edited by Whitehat; 10-14-2003 at 01:52 PM.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 03:09 PM   #6
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alittle off subject

Does anyone know how to dual boot two versions of HATS. RH7.2 and RH8.0?

If so can you please reply..

-Linux_nubee
 
Old 10-15-2003, 03:24 PM   #7
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Don't do an upgrade to 7.2. Do a new install.

Then, edit your grub.conf or lilo.conf accordingly.

Have you installed both versions of Redhat yet?

Do you have one installed right now?
 
Old 10-15-2003, 10:46 PM   #8
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Changing the Boot time

You can simply mc or pico your lilo.conf and set the time from there sir.
 
Old 10-16-2003, 03:09 AM   #9
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I either configure NTLDR to do it or I install GRUB on the MBR. I just don't like lilo.
 
  


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