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Old 08-13-2002, 02:13 PM   #1
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redhat 7.3 and winxp again

Well, i managed to get redhat 7.3 and winxp installed on my laptop.
problem is its a jacked up way of booting into either
see when it loads up it boots right into linux, or xp, depending on which partition is active
see i got them both installed.
i installed linux first, using lilo as the boot loader, once i installed it, and made my partitions for linux, it was all good, then i went to load up xp, and i made another partition using fdisk from a old win9x boot disk. and got it to install XP and boot up and its all good
heres where my problem lies. i can only boot into ONE os each time, what i have to do to load into linux or xp is boot up with the win9x boot disk, then run fdisk, and change my active partition to either the linux boot partiton or select my xp partition and make it active, and then reboot and it will boot to my o/s of choice. but this is tedious and bugs, i know lilo can do this for me, but im half clueless as to how to setup my boot thing in lilo. ive been playing with lilo im not entirely sure on how to configure it to have xp as a choice.
i have the 3 partitions for linux, the boot root and swap, then i have my xp partition and it comes up as the C: drive tho. i was told to load linux on c: and put xp on d: so it wouldnt mess up my partitions, but it seems ive already done this. is there any way i can fix up lilo to get xp to load in it as well, without having to reload both os's?

i checked the hda's using the partition part of linux when i boot using the install cd' and here is how im setup

/dev/hda1 ext3 47mb, pretty sure this is my linux boot partiton
/dev/hda2 ext3 4.9gig this is my main hd for linux, where my data goes right?
/dev/hda3 swap 478mb, so i know this is my swap file
/dev/hda4 vfat 13gigs and i know this is my xp partition.

now what exactly would i do to lilo? i know where the lilo.conf lies im pretty sure i remember, and then i kno to run /sbin/lilo and it does something about adding configuration. do i have half a brain as to what im doin here?

much thanks to all the linux peeps out there who can help me thru this!!!!!
Old 08-13-2002, 02:18 PM   #2
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ok, i seen this on a previous post, would this work? just wondering if this would work, before i go toying with things and further complicate it.....

Add these lines at the end of Lilo.conf and save the file.


and at the shell prompt, type "#lilo -r /". A new lilo will be installed
in your MBR with XP support. It worked for Win2k, and I hope it
works for XP too even though W2k's NTFS and that of XP are a
little different.

and in place of the /dev/hda1 would i put /dev/hda4, since the hda4 is my xp partition...
Old 08-13-2002, 02:58 PM   #3
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ok so i went into /etc/lilo.conf and added this


then i went to my prompt and typed
lilo -r /
and it says added linux *
skipping /dev4
symtax error near line 19 in lilo.conf

and thats about it
and the same error when i try typing just lilo
am i missing something

heres what my lilo.conf is right now



label=Windows XP

thats about it, and its giving me errors

i also tried other=/dev/hda4

with no space between windowsxp
and ran lilo -r / and lilo
and both times it just said
added linux *
skipping /dev4

Last edited by p3n1x; 08-13-2002 at 03:00 PM.
Old 08-14-2002, 11:02 PM   #4
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"i can only boot into ONE os each time" - Oh the whole time I thought I couldn't boot 2 OSes at the same time on single CPU in split screen mode with 2 mice & keyboards. Damn!

# after you installed XP & Linux
# replace /dev/hda2 if need be
boot Linux & open terminal
dd if=/dev/hda2 of=boot.lnx bs=512 count=1
cp boot.lnx /mnt/floppy
Boot XP
copy boot.lnx c:\
edit boot.ini
After multi(0)..., add a new line
Old 08-14-2002, 11:23 PM   #5
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Try it without the ' optional ' line. Like this:


Also, are you absolutely sure that xp is on hda4?

Last edited by linuxcool; 08-14-2002 at 11:25 PM.


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