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Old 12-04-2002, 08:36 AM   #1
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RedHat8 - Loadlin OK in 7.2 But not in 8.0

In RedHat 7.2 I had a working Loadlin running on my multiboot XP/Dos/Linux system - didn't use Grub or Lilo as Linux is on a secondary SCSI drive. I upgraded to RedHat 8, and used mkinitrd etc, and transferred copies of vmlinuz and initrd.img to my Dos C: drive (overwriting the old versions - I've double checked this!). Although I can boot Linux from a floppy, I get "Unrecognized compressed format" and a total lockup when trying to use Loadlin. Any suggestions on what to do?

I did not 'upgrade' either Lilo or Grub when installing Redhat 8, as I'd been warned that this could cause problems when using an XP multiboot frontend loader.

Please don't say use Lilo or Grub as these make life too difficult with Win XP and Linux sitting on a secondary SCSI drive!
Old 12-04-2002, 10:33 AM   #2
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I have two questions:

1) Have you tried using WinXP's ntldr/boot.ini?

2) What error(s) have you gotten when using Grub or Lilo?
Old 12-09-2002, 09:18 PM   #3
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Same problem for me. But I use Win98. It's something to do with the kernel, I think. I looking for a solution for it too.
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JGlen490 sorry for not responding earlier, I was away from my computer. As I have Linux on a secondary SCSI drive, I just get around the SCSI driver loading problem by using Loadlin, run from boot.ini. This method worked perfectly and met my main requirement of protecting my work files on WinXP with all previous Redhat versions (Sorry, Linux doesn't have Lightwave or DirectX, so I cannot make it my main op-system). As this worked in the past, I just couldn't understand why it doesn't work now with Redhat 8.
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loadlin will not work with a lot of newer bigger kernels.
very few of them will work for me now, and i have to
keep a few old ones around that will.
you should just be able to use your old redhat kernel
and initrd.gz, if you copy the modules into your installation.
that way you'll have a kernel that you already know works
with loadlin, or you can
install lilo in your root partition, not the master boot record
use dd if=/dev/rootpartition of=filename bs=512 count=1
to make a copy of that sector,
and add it to your nt boot manager


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