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Old 03-30-2003, 06:23 PM   #1
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Dual Boot Dilemmas


I'm a total Linux newbie. A friend helped me set up my dual boot system using lilo. linux is the primary system and windows can't see linux. Anyway windows went AWOL and I need to reinstall it but don't know how to do it with the partition and I don't want windows to eat Linux!
 
Old 03-30-2003, 06:25 PM   #2
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Which version of windows and which distro of linux?
Why did windows go awol? Changes to the bootloader configuration?
 
Old 03-30-2003, 06:38 PM   #3
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slakware 8.1 and windows 98, I had been trying to reinstall all the old windows software I usually use (office etc) and to make a long story short ended up deleting some files, windows will no longer start up.
 
Old 03-31-2003, 12:57 PM   #4
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Ok, I dunno if Slack has a nice rescue mode to boot into off the cds like Mandrake, so instead you'll need to make a boot disk.

Then install windows on your primary partition/drive, and if it replaces Lilo with it's own bootloader, you can use the boot disk to get into linux and re-install Lilo in the Master Boot Record
 
Old 04-04-2003, 04:18 PM   #5
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Good to know

It is good to know that it can be done. Can you post the instructions or perhaps a link to them? Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 04-04-2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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I think the easiest method is not to make a boot disk, but to move LILO to a floppy (simplier, IMHO). You need to open /etc/lilo.conf, find 'boot=/dev/hda', replace it with 'boot=/dev/fd0', save the file, insert a floppy and run 'lilo'. After Windows reinstallation boot the bootloader from the floppy, choose Linux, boot it and change 'boot=/dev/fd0' to 'boot=/dev/hda' and run 'lilo' again.
 
  


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