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Old 03-13-2001, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hi guys ,

okay I have done win98/linux dual boot on a fresh 20GB as follows

15 MB linux native /boot
16GB win98
3.x linux native /
133 MB linux swap

(x - I dont remember exactly how much it was )

Now at lilo, writing linux boots up linux very fine .. only when I write dos(my boot label for windows), I receive a message , "logical drives exist past z and will be ignored" ..and thats it !! no activity further ..

where am I going wrong ? This partition map was suggested to me right here on the board .

Please help ..


Old 03-13-2001, 06:55 AM   #2
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Sounds to me there is a problem with your Windows partition or partitions. For some reason it thinks you have logical drives past Z. Never heard of this, you might want to check your Windows partitions with fdisk or something like that and see if they are set correctly. Did you create logical drives in do you have disk drives with D or E besides just having C?
Old 03-13-2001, 01:56 PM   #3
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win98/linux dual boot

Hi ,

I have four primary partitions. No extended or logical at all !!

I'll run you through the installation process as I went through it.

1. bootup using linux cd
2. fdisk to create 15MB linux native primary partition.
3. 15 MB partition written to disk
4. reboot
5. bootup using win98 boot cd
6. fdisk to create 16 GB primary FAT32 partition
(I can see the 15MB non-dos partition which I created before in the partition table)
7. set c:(16GB partition) as active partition
8. reboot
9. bootup using win98 boot cd , format c: (fat32 format)
10. complete installation of win98 in 16GB partition.
11. installation of everything wanted in windows (modems etc)
12. reboot
13. bootup using linux cd
14. partition table seen as

mount point partition type space
<not set> linux native 15 MB
<not set> windows* 16 GB

15. set 15 MB as /boot
16. created 1 MB primary as / and set Grow to disk .It occupied entire space
17. created 127 MB swap partition

(I see that the full disk is now used and all partitions happily sitting with each other)

partition table is as follows

</boot> Linux Native 15 MB
<not set> windows* 16 GB
</> Linux Native 3.**
</swap> Linux Swap 133 MB

18. Linux installation starts
19. lilo set to write to MBR
20. installation done
21. reboot
22. lilo: linux ...
23. linux boots up fine .. I'm happy and feel 50% victory
24. reboot
25. lilo: dos
26 starting windows ..
Logical drives exist past Z and will be ignored
27. windows bootup hangs and no activity any further

Thats it !!! .. windows does its normal thing .. hang ! anyway seriously I dont know whats going on at all !!

Please help
I hope I have made my installation process absolutely clear

* I dont exactly remember what was written there
** I dont remember the exact size

Old 03-22-2001, 09:00 AM   #4
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I suggest doing as follows:

run linux fdisk ( or disk druid) from install CD.
Create your partitions. ( remember about the partition types - you might need to reformat your windows partition using dos format command ).
Install windows - windows adds its boot manager to MBR.
(maybe look at your config.sys first and check for LASTDRIVE=Z line if it doesn't appear to look so - change it)
Install linux and LILO. - it should make no harm to windows partition ( unless you have selected to format it in linux setup :)
if windows was working properly before the linux installation - everything should be fine.


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