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Old 08-09-2002, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question Linux on extended partition


Hi Everybody,
I have a situation where I might have to install Linux (Redhat, Debian and Slackware distros) on extended (logical) partitions. I need to know if LILO will have any problems with this. I plan to install LILO in the first sector of the Linux partition in all cases and not on the MBR. Any information or links will be appreciated.

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Old 08-09-2002, 06:25 PM   #2
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If you intend to dual boot and I assume you do, here's a ref:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html
 
Old 08-09-2002, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks shoot2kill, I do intend to use the technique mentioned but I wanted to know if LILO can handle Linux being installed on a Extended partition. And what if the Extended partition is above the 8GB limit?

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Old 08-09-2002, 07:55 PM   #4
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Cool Not impossible

The 1024 cylinder limit exists mainly for MBR.
The boot limit is not an effect of any OS loader, but is that of BIOS.
Both the LILO and NT Loader (as all other loaders) can boot an
OS once they themselves are loaded. Therefore the question is:
Is your extended partition within 1024 limits. If yes, I presume
you can. For that your partition needs to be active, though.

Before anyone can help you, you need to provide some details as
to what exactly you are trying to do? Do you inted to use (Boot
magic or NT loader) as primary loader, AND LILO as a
secondary loader? If so, it should very simple, and I do it all the
time. But I suggest you stick to LILO, it's far better than other
loaders.

If you plan to install all the distros you have, you then do not
even need to install LILO for all distros. Just one should be fine.
Make sure you know how to configure /etc/lilo.conf, and you are
all set.

Last edited by concoran; 08-09-2002 at 08:00 PM.
 
Old 08-09-2002, 09:49 PM   #5
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Hi Concoran,
I am trying to install RH Linux on a Extended partition starting before the 1024th cylinder. I plan to install LILO on the first sector of the linux partition and use NTLOADER to call it as I can have options for each OS on the startup screen (slightly user friendly). My C: has WinXP and is the current active partition.
Later I wanted to install Debian 3.0 on another extended partition starting beyond the 1024th. Will that be possible? Any comments will be welcome.
Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

DA
 
Old 08-11-2002, 10:50 PM   #6
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Quote:
I am trying to install RH Linux on a Extended partition starting before the 1024th cylinder. I plan to install LILO on the first sector of the linux partition and use NTLOADER to call it as I can have options for each OS on the startup screen (slightly user friendly).
Shouldn't be a problem ,

but make sure that you make the Debian bootdisk during your installation incase something cock up.

Last edited by shoot2kill; 08-11-2002 at 10:52 PM.
 
Old 08-12-2002, 04:46 PM   #7
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DA,
It's perfectly possible. Not a problem. Infact one of my machines
uses similar setup. My LILO on extended partition boots 4 other
OSes.

First, get the XP and RH working. Then when you install Debian,
do not install it's boot loader. Instead, after installing debian,
log into RH, and modify /etc/lilo.conf file to accomodate the new
OS. It should work. I guess you already know how to use NT
loader to load LILO.
 
Old 08-12-2002, 11:42 PM   #8
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I dual boot Win98/Slack on the same 30 gig HDD and LINUX is 'way' past the '1024' cylinder and both OS's boot just fine. So I don't know what all the hupla about the 1024 limit is.

 
  


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