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Old 03-17-2002, 11:43 PM   #1
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Multiboot: Win98, Linux & BSD

My setup:
Win98, 5gb
/boot, 20mb for Linux
BSD, 3gb
/, 5gb for linux

Could someone recommend the best boot loader for this setup? I'm now on BSD boot loader, but computer freezes up after a number "3" when I hit F3 to boot Linux. Win & BSD are fine.

And how do I set it up in BSD and Linux to have both on the menus? I sort of know how in Linux. /etc/lilo.conf? Or I could do it in X.

Thanks much.
Old 03-18-2002, 01:26 PM   #2
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Yeah, LILO is probably your best option for a bootloader, IMHO. You should be able to go into Linux and run liloconfig OR edit /etc/lilo.conf to have both entries. Not too hard to do, you get the jist of the setup once you are in there. After editing run lilo by typing lilo or /sbin/lilo and it, by default, should install and overwrite to the MBR. Reboot and see what happens. Should be fine. You could just go with Mandy and Windows in lilo until you are sure it boots and are comfortable adding NetBSD's entry.
Old 03-19-2002, 03:40 PM   #3
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I use for the same thing grub.It is installed in MBR and it loads Win2000 and FreeBSD
with chainloader.At me grub conf it is that:
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda7
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux 7.2
root (hd0,1)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.7-10 ro root=/dev/hda7 hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.7-10.img
title Windows 2000 Professional
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
title FreeBSD 4.5
root (hd0,2,a)
chainloader +1
btload BSD loader don't know to boot from a extended partition.
(hd0)means the first harddrive primary master
(2) the third primary partition
and a the first slice in the third primary partition.
Grub exist also in FreeBSD
Good luck !
Old 03-20-2002, 10:08 AM   #4
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Has any one thought of using a 3rd party boot loader like one from partinion magic. its not that bad. There are others. Of course now you have to make sure if you are using winXP the boot loader is up to date.

Just some other thoughts of resolving this issue.


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