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Old 09-19-2003, 06:45 AM   #1
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Can boot.ini be used to boot linux?

Hi all,

I have installed RH9 some time ago and chose to boot via a floppy disk. I chose this as didnt really have faith in installing LILO and ehd up loosing access to WinXP.

Is it possible to copy the boot disk image on the HD somewhere and edit boot.ini including a selection pointing to this image?? I am just getting sick of the time spent waiting for the disk (sign of using Linux more than M$, soon hopefully wont need it!). I beleive that you couldnt just include a pointer to the sector for Linux as having to use different boot disks for different kernels would suggest theres info on there much needed.

Old 09-19-2003, 07:20 AM   #2
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Yes, you can boot linux using boot.ini.

You have to create an image of the linux kernel, namely, vmlinuz, and then you have to store it in a floppy. Then you have to store it in your C: and add the path to boot.ini.

BUT, the exact procedure is not known to me, but I have seen it in RedHat's site somewhere. Search there, and you will get the exact steps.

But, I advise you to consider lilo or grub, and this is my grub.conf file

title LINUX (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title WINXP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

and it boots into XP wonderfully.
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Old 09-19-2003, 09:33 AM   #4
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I used the exact info that michaelk provided to get my system to dual boot and it works perfectly, just follow the instructions carefully.


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