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Old 01-30-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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Smile Multi System Boot problem 3rd Harddrive can not be loaded

Hello All

Thank you very much for your help in advance. My problem is that I can unfortunately not load Windows 98SE but here is the full explanation.

My computer has 2 hard drives Windows XP Pro IDE 160GB Master
and SUSE Linux 10.1 SATA 80GB Master

then i added my friends SUSE with Windows 98Se IDE 40 GB Slave

The BIOS recognizes the new harddrive but for some reason it is unable to start up the Windows 98SE Slave Harddrive.

I tried everything that I can think of. Is it Linux or is the MBR of the Windows 98Se drive defect?

If you answer please describe step by step what to do as I never had this problem before. I am I am not really Linux and DOS experienced

All your dear help is highly appreciated.

Old 01-30-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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if you want to start win98 you could check the bootmanager. As you have SUSE and XP on your box I think that SUSE took over the bootmanager part. I don't use SUSE but I remember that YAST is the central config tool. So you should start it and search for "boot configuration" or a similar thing. There you should be able to add the secondary drive to the boot menu. After restarting there should be a new boot-item. Remark: I'm not so sure that you could start an "alien" win98 on your box - except the orginial box had the hardware like of yours
If you just want to use the secondary drive as storage then YAST surely has a tool to configure partitions (in /etc/fstab).

Hope this helps.


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