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Old 04-23-2001, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

I want to setup my computer to use the following OS'es:
Linux 7 (to learn it)
Win2000 (to work)
Win98 (I'm nut!)

Now, I got win2000 on a primary partition and linux 7 on an extended sector, and everything is going really fine.

The last time I tried to use the three OS'es, my win98 partition as difficulties with the other ones. It cannot see my extended partition on my first drive. There's a mapping of the drive then:

Drive Ide1a(6Gb): C: 3Gb fat32 with win2000 and win98 98
2.nnGb EXT2 for linux
256Mb swap partition
Drive Ide1b(CDrom)

Drive Ide2a(20Gb): D: 4Gb fat32(the one win98 does'nt sees
E: to H: 4x4Gb for data

Drive Ide2b(Burner)

So, everything works fine, except for Win98 that sees garbage on the D: drive.

I wonder if someone have worked on a partitionning strategy for this kind on configuration.

Thank you so much to all of you
Old 04-24-2001, 10:18 PM   #2
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Unless you're doing a lot of direct copying from the CD-ROM to the CD writer, there is no advantage to connecting your drives in this manner (and if your CD writer has Burn Proof, the point is moot).

I suggest burning a CD or two with all you important data and reinstalling everything fresh with the following configuration:

Primary Master - 20Gb
/dev/hda1 [C:] 4Gb - FAT32 - Win98
/dev/hda2 [D:] 4Gb - FAT32 - Win2k
/dev/hda3 [E:] 12Gb - FAT32 - Shared Data

Primary Slave - 6Gb
/dev/hdb1 [ / ] 2Gb - ext2 - Linux root partition
/dev/hdb2 [swap] 400Mb - swap - Linux swap partition
/dev/hdb3 [/home] 3.6Gb - ext2 - Linux home partition

Secondary Master - CD-ROM
Secondary Slave - CD writer

Then enter your BIOS setup and change the boot device order to Floppy-CDROM-IDE0, or, CDROM-Floppy-IDE0 (substitute A for Floppy and C for IDE0, if your board has an Award BIOS). Then run the IDE Autodetection feature, choosing "LBA" for the hard drives and "Normal" or "CDROM" for the CD and writer.

Use the "Write Test" portion of the hard drive vendor's installation utility to low-level format each drive first. Then use fdisk from a Win98 startup disk to partition and format the 20Gb drive, but leave the 6Gb alone after the low level format.

Win98 and Win2k CD's are bootable, so you can boot from them to run the setup for each. The same goes for most Linux distributions.

Install in this order: 1 - Win98; 2 - Win2k; 3 - Linux

Remember, when using disk maintenance and antivirus utilities, only use the Win98 version for C: and only use the Win2k version for D:.

[Edited by N1HNJ on 04-24-2001 at 10:29 PM]
Old 04-25-2001, 10:14 AM   #3
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thank you

Thank you very much, I will try this!

Old 04-25-2001, 11:22 AM   #4
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Your welcome. Let us know how it turns out.


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