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Old 10-07-2003, 05:44 AM   #1
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various windows boot options with lilo...possible?

Hi everybody!

I´m new at this forum... I´m running with a computer with various operative systems (in different partitions, of course); one is SUSE Linux 8.0 and the other are Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I have configured Lilo for the Master Boot Record, but i can´t choose there what windows partition i want to load. I have to choose "windows" option and then choose using NTLOADER of Windows which "windows" i want, (2000, XP or 98)... and my question is: żIs there a way to choose directly from lilo which "windows" you want? żAnd if so, how? (because if i modify lilo.conf to run directly from a windows partition, it prompts a message of error...)

Thanks and sorry if i didn´t express correctly!!
Old 10-07-2003, 05:50 AM   #2
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I thought that windows required their loader in the MBR, but I'm not sure...

You can add multiple image= and other= lines, to add multiple kernels and operating systems to your lilo menu.

Here is my lilo.conf, hope it helps:

# Support for large hard disks

# Where to install.
boot    = /dev/hda

# Default linux parameters.
root    = /dev/hda3
default = Linux_22-0310

# Settomgs
vga     = 791
timeout = 60
delay   = 20
append  = "mem=nopentium hdc=ide-scsi pci=noacpi"

# Beatify
#message = /boot/lilo/boot_message.txt

# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:

## Stable Slackware kernel

image    = /boot/kernels/vmlinuz-ide-2.4.21
  label  = Linux_21-ide

## New current kernel

image    = /boot/kernels/linux-2.4.22-0310
  label  = Linux_22-0310
  initrd = /boot/lilo/initrd-splash
  # Let's get this one to rumble :-)

## Windows XP boot

other    = /dev/hda1
  label  = Windows-XP
  password = .... ;-)
Old 10-07-2003, 06:08 AM   #3
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thanks, but.... i have tried it and still doesn´t work with various windows partitions, because the standard boot loader of windows is only in one of them. So, my problem is that i have to run this loader which administer my windows partitions... and i would like than lilo took care of it, so i wouldn´t have to choose first in lilo the "windows" option, and then in ntloader which "windows" i like....

but, yes windows don´t require its boot loader in the MBR!
Old 10-07-2003, 10:58 AM   #4
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use vcomm's system commander instead of lilo, it will give you the option to go into all OS's without any second prompts.



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