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Old 11-28-2002, 06:59 PM   #1
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XP Pro bual boot Redhat 7.3 (again....)

The ever-returning dual-boot question again... This is probarbly easy to answer.

I just installed Redhat 7.3 on my 2nd (/dev/hdb) disk. Everything works perfectly except I can't get the windows bootloader to load linux..

Disk setup (2 disks):
/dev/hda1/ Windows
/dev/hdb1/ Boot
/dev/hdb2/ /

I searched this site all over, and the common suggestion here was to try the:
dd if=/dev/hdb2 of=/mnt/floppy/boot.lnx bs=512 count=1
approach, copy the file to c:\ and then modifying the boot.ini file to read c:\boot.lnx="linux"

This does not work, however. I get the "linux" option upon boot, but nothing happens when I select it.

Do I have to do this differently in XP PRO? Do I have to use the bootcfg.exe utility?

Thanks for any help..
Old 11-28-2002, 07:49 PM   #2
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I don't know about others but I am dual booting between XP Pro and Linux RH 7.3 using Powerquest Boot Magic that comes with Partition Magic 8.0. This partitioning software works flawlessly and the boot utility Boot Magic also flawlessly. I have not heard of anyone who is successfully using the XP boot utility as XP views Linux as a virus.
Old 11-29-2002, 01:03 AM   #3
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I am dual-booting XP and RH 7.3, and I'm using the Grub Bootloader that came with red-hat. I installed windows first and used partition magic to move the partition away from the front of the disk, and then installed Linux onto the new partition I created at the beginning of the disk.
Old 11-29-2002, 02:24 AM   #4
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Re: XP Pro bual boot Redhat 7.3 (again....)

Originally posted by andersty

dd if=/dev/hdb2 of=/mnt/floppy/boot.lnx bs=512 count=1
approach, copy the file to c:\ and then modifying the boot.ini file to read c:\boot.lnx="linux"

And the floppy was umounted - right? Try it again. This time, save the boot.lnx file first to /:

dd if=/dev/hdb2 bs=512 count=1 of=/boot.lnx

Then copy the file to the floppy:

mcopy /boot.lnx a:

Then boot into Windows and then copy the boot.lnx file to C:\ .


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