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Old 08-11-2004, 11:17 AM   #1
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Trying to get a multiboot of Windows 98, XP, and Fedora Linux.

I just installed a multiboot of windows 98 and windows xp. It is working fine with the windows bootloader, but when i install linux, it only have two bootloader choices, Fedora, and Other. I think there should be 3. One 98, One XP, and one Fedora. Please Help!!!

Old 08-11-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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'Other' is WinXP. The Win98 bootloader is probably in c:\bootsect.dos.
From the grub manual:
# For booting Windows NT or Windows95
title Windows NT / Windows 95 boot menu
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
# For loading DOS if Windows NT is installed
# chainload /bootsect.dos
Basically, change 'title other' in your /etc/grub.conf file to 'title Windows XP', then copy that paragraph and change the copy's title to 'Windows 98'. Add 'chainload /bootsect.dos' to the copied paragraph.
For more help, post what's inside the /etc/grub.conf text file as root user.
Old 08-11-2004, 11:28 AM   #3
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I've never attempted installing two separate versions of windows on the same drive and using the windows boot loader. That being said, I have two points:

1 - The Fedora boot loader (grub, lilo, other?) maybe is doing exactly what it should it sees Fedora and "Other" i.e. the windows boot loader, maybe if you are lucky and you go to "Other" the windows boot loader will come up (I doubt it)

2 - Is there a way to install XP on the master partition, 98 on some other partition, make sure it isn't bootable, DON'T install the windows boot loader, and THEN install fedora, and I bet it will see the other two like you expected before.

By the way, what's the need for 98 if you have XP?

Good Luck, like I say, these are just ideas, I'm not really sure how accurate I am.
Old 08-13-2004, 08:16 AM   #4
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Well, there is no way to refuse the windows bootloader. The windows installation is mostly automatic. Anyway, i have 98 for a game that i just can't live without that doesn't work on xp.
I think your first theory is right about it popping up the windows bootloader. Why i think that's true is that when i install windows i install 98 first then windows xp second. i don't think the bootloader is actually a bootloader. I think it's just built in to xp, because i can do msconfig and look at the boot.ini file, and it shows some stuff.
I searched my whole system for the file 'bootsect.dos' but there were no search results.
I think i am just gonna try to go with your first theory. i will post results when i am done.

Thanks to you both!

wish me luck!
Old 08-13-2004, 09:58 AM   #5
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It worked!
When i select 'other' (which i renamed windows) it takes me to the windows boot loader which is where i can select windows 98 or xp.

Here is a step by step thingey on how to do what i did.
1. Create two partitions using microsoft fdisk on the windows 98 bootdisk. Make sure you leave some free space for linux.
2. Install windows 98 on the extended partition.
3. install windows xp on the primary partition.
4. install linux.

It's as simple as that.

Thanks for all of your help guys!


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