Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 04-15-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Chennai, India
Distribution: RedHat, OpenBSD
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Dual boot Win/Linux boot error L?

hai all,

I have a 20GB HDD with Win 2000 on its c: drive, a 8 GB HDD with RH Linux 9.0. I want to make it dual boot.

I have put *GB as primary Master and 20GB as secondary slave and edited the lilo.conf file od Linux HDD, have re-run lilo, it gave me a warning that "Your BIOS driver cannot be read or seen or so).. Okey..

I booted it, It boots without any probz into Linux but at Windows booting stage it stops saying :

I have tried all the possiblities that i kown, thats changing the physical HDD setting to Sec Master or Pri Slave .. and making the respective corrections in lilo.conf , re-run lilo..

Using lba32 instead of linear in lilo.conf

If what i beleive is true, Since, the MBR has been over-written by Linux, i am not able to boot the Win2000 HDD seperatly too.

I tried a Win2000 rescue CD to boot through, that too didn't result any good.
I did
dd if=/dev/... of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1
mounted Win: C;\ , and copied bootsect.lin to C:\
where /dev/... is my "/" partion of my Linux HDD.

Now,, The question goes like this
1) Can i rescue the Win partion out so that, i get back to my original state with Windows to boot on one m/c and Lin to boot on another m/c.
2) Or can i go foreward doing some magics and get my problems solved in from this state to get a dual boot system.

I am sure of the lilo.conf, I have doubt reg. the waring message which came regarding the "BIOS driver" (only once when i was usinf Windows as hdd).

Thanks in advance
Old 04-16-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Jinhua, People's Republic of China
Distribution: MDK, RH, KNPX
Posts: 161

Rep: Reputation: 30
Hi Johndy,

This help was written for WIN98, but it applies to your situation. If you have not done anything to your Windows drive, it is all still there. Try to avoid any formatting actions until you are absolutley sure what the situation is. Try this short help:

Of course, have a beer. It sometimes helps.
Old 04-16-2004, 10:49 AM   #3
Registered: May 2003
Location: California
Distribution: Mandrake
Posts: 50

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi Jondy!
I've encountered this before as well and found out that for some strange reason, LILO didn't install fully (or correctly) so it cannot complete it's instruction set. My suggestion is to reinstall it which you should be able to do without having to also reinstall everything else. Just skip to the bootloader section of the installer.
As ProfJohn said, all of your partitions and data are still there, just unable to get to it until you repair your bootloader.
Hope this helps,


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dual boot:cannot boot redhat linux 9 with win xp dinow Linux - Software 9 07-17-2005 04:27 PM
dual boot linux/win wrangler Linux - Newbie 5 02-23-2005 10:27 AM
dual boot: win XP and Linux can't boot on another pc mrpc_cambodia Red Hat 3 10-05-2004 11:52 AM
Dual Boot: Linux and Win ME, Please help uma Linux - Newbie 19 09-08-2003 08:10 PM
Win ME and Linux dual boot kadissie Linux - Newbie 6 07-09-2003 05:57 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:43 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration