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Old 03-11-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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Redhat using bootmagic

This is my first time trying to dual boot. I'm trying to use bootmagic to dual boot windows and linux, but bootmagic does not seem to want to boot any of the partitions that i have for my linux installation. I chose lilo as my boot loader for redhat, would grub be any different?

I'm not sure how to dual boot using lilo because when i tried before installing bootmagic my system just boot straight to windows. If anyone can help me out or knows of any good guides it would help very much thanks
Old 03-11-2005, 04:49 PM   #2
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Hey there,

I'm more familiar with grub but whatever takes your fancy. I strongly recommend you use either lilo or grub over bootmagic which is, quite frankly, a pig. Both lilo and grub will handle your OS's fine. You dont so much as need a guide. What distro are you installing? Have you installed it already?
Old 03-11-2005, 06:19 PM   #3
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Yes it is installed, Red Hat 9. I've heard bad things about bootmagic as well. I'm just not sure how to get it to boot using lilo or grub, because when i start my computer it doesn't give me an option of what OS to choose it just goes straight to windows. Do I have to change the boot loader config before i can boot into linux?
Old 03-11-2005, 07:42 PM   #4
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oh well, i got it working. just uninstalled shitty bootmagic, then reinstalled redhat with grub in the MBR and everything is fine. Thanks anyway
Old 03-11-2005, 07:54 PM   #5
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Well, if your still interested, I use bootmagic to boot into DOS, WIN98, WIN2000, and Fedora Core 3, so I'll tell you what I know.

If you are using BootMogic with Partition Magic, there is some documentation in there I think you could look at (under help).

Anyway here is what I had to do:

1. Make 3 Partitions -- Linux Boot, Linux Root, and Linux Swap (formatted to your fancy).
2. When installing Linux, manually configure the partitions with disk druid. If you are in fact using Partition Magic, then they should already be fomatted, so just go to EDIT on each of the partitions and make sure the to set the drive labels (largest one as /, the 100MB boot partition to /boot, and Swap to swap).
3. When the installer reaches the point of asking about the bootloader, tell the installer to place the bootloader in the /boot partition. DO NOT PLACE IT ON THE MBR. You may have to check a ADVANCED CONFIGURATION box and hit next here to get that option if you don't see it.
4. Finish the install.
5. When your computer restarts, use Bootmagic to boot into the OS with BootMagic Configuration on it.
6. Add an Operating system in the Bootmagic Configuration Program and point it to the Partition that to Linux is /boot.
7. Restart and select your new choice of Linux on the BootMagic screen.
8. Linux should handle the rest.

Hope this helps you.
Old 10-21-2005, 12:17 PM   #6
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This is to volvogga:

You seem to have done what I want to do, which is to use BootMagic as my bootloader. Can you please tell me if you know for a fact that the following will work. Bear in mind that I am a Linux newbie, but I know Windows well.

I want to boot using BootMagic as follows:

Win98      Primary     FAT32    3.5GB
WinXP      Primary     NTFS     5GB
Win2000    Primary     NTFS     8.5GB
Linux      Extended    *        15.5GB
Data       Extended    NTFS     80GB
Shared     Extended    FAT32    2GB
* = I haven't yet installed Linux, but the unallocated space is there.

I already have all but Linux working in this way, and I do NOT want to use LILO/GRUB in the MBR because I may not want to keep Linux after I have installed it, as I am only trying it out at first. Besides this, I like BootMagic.

BootMagic is installed in the Win98 partition, and all the OSs are hidden from each other when they boot. I do it this way to prevent any one OS taking another down if they should get a virus or just generally go mad.

All the OSs can see the Shared partition in order to transfer stuff around.

From what I have read, if I install LILO in / when I install Linux I should be able to boot to it via BootMagic. The only thing I cannot seem to discover is whether there will be a problem with the 2GB/1024 cylinder thing under BootMagic when it is booting to Linux in an extended partition (I may be being stupid, but I don't really understand the 2GB/1024 cylinder thing).

Lastly, although I think it may not matter with regards to the above:
I am going to install Mandriva 2006.
My PC is a two year old Dell.


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