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Old 09-26-2003, 11:58 PM   #1
Ulaire Smiley
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RH9 and WinXP, dual boot

I was trying to either a) get GRUB/LILO to work or b) get a Linux entry in Windows XP's boot.ini file. I followed the directions at [address below] to try and set it up, but when I ran the "Linux" option from the XP boot menu, it said:

[here's the address for that site, it wouldn't let me post it because i don't have 5 posts ; just delete the spaces and you'll have the addr] ht tp://jaeger.porp

"The following file is missing or corrupted:
Please re-install the file."

So I went to and reinstalled that file, only to get the same error. Here's my boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
c:\bootsec.lnx="Red Hat Linux 9"

And here's my /etc/lilo.conf file on my Linux HD (I have separate HDs for XP and RH):


When I ran lilo, it gave me no errors except the warning that I wasn't putting it on the hda drive. Has anyone else had this problem or can someone tell me what's wrong?

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Old 09-27-2003, 12:02 AM   #2
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Have you tried LILO on the MBR of the 1st hard drive?
Old 09-27-2003, 12:41 AM   #3
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u can dowmload a software
use it under a dos environment(not a v-machine,but a floppy disk to start your pc)
install a boot sect after ur linux partion during install,
use it you can boot ur linux in a logucal partion without lilo or grub by install the boot manager and cause your linux partion bootale
it works with 9X,xp but not a windows server 2003,u will regrate
if cannot down load it ,maik to me,
good luck
Old 09-27-2003, 10:09 AM   #4
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I can tell you how to get GRUB working.

First of all, confirm the following:
winXP is installed on the first HDD (hda)
Linux is installed on the second HDD (hdb)

To install GRUB in the MBR on the first hard disk drive, type:
/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda
You will need to edit /boot/grub/grub.conf by adding an entry for winXP.
title WindowsXP
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
- GRUB maps devices according to the /boot/grub/ file.
- To display your partition table, type:
fdisk -l


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