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Old 12-11-2001, 05:43 AM   #1
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triple boot system/boot disk

I use a dual boot system with mandrake 7.2 and win 98 original.
I have obtained a copy of win XP and would like to try it without ruining my system. I mean make a triple boot system.
Some one told me i should make a boot floppy (i use GRUB as bootmanager) and then install XP. Then when i want to boot linux i use the boot floppy. Is this correct? And how do i make this boot floppy. Thnx upfront noODle
Old 12-11-2001, 06:44 AM   #2
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First of all, I would strongly advise you to make a copy of your current lilo.conf file:
su root
cp /etc/lilo.conf /root/Desktop/lilo.conf.backup

You can make a boot-disk under Mandy 7.2 by going into DrakConf. I can't be sure where since I use 8.1 now, but it's there.

I believe there is also a command-line util, but I'm not sure what it's called (mkboot, or something).
Old 12-12-2001, 07:37 AM   #3
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tried it but failed

yesterday i installed XP .The boot flop i assumed i created
didn't work.(bummer) so now i get kicked into win98Or XP automaticly. i can boot from the cdrom drive(perform a rescuesetup?) win the mandrake install CD and i have backed up lilo.conf on to a floppy.
is there a way to restore the boot record( i have mandrake installed on hd0,6 win98 on C: hd0,0 and XP on D: hd0,1.
some help would be greatly appreciated.
thanks noODle
Old 12-12-2001, 09:56 AM   #4
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There's two main choices you can take now. You can either add linux to the windows boot menu or you can replace the boot loader with lilo again.

You'll need some kind of floppy to load linux so you might want to load this boot floppy:

To add linux to the windows boot menu boot into linux and dd the first 512 bytes of the boot sector to a file:

dd if=/dev/hda6 of=bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1

Copy the file to the c:\ and add a entry to the boot.ini file that looks something like:
C:\bootsect.lnx = "Linux"

To reinstall lilo just edit the /etc/lilo.conf and make sure there is an entry for each os. And then run lilo to install.

If you are doing that from the floppy do something like:

mount /dev/hdaX /mnt
mount /dev/hdaX /mnt/boot

Then edit /mnt/etc/lilo.conf

chroot /mnt /sbin/lilo
Old 12-23-2001, 10:55 AM   #5
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ihavent had time to try. but will during holidays. tell you how it went (maybe write a tut about it ).
i also discovered XP changed the look of my partitions ;<



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