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Old 05-21-2001, 12:48 PM   #1
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WIN98 NT and linux

Hi there,

i have been trying to install win98 win nt and linux on the same machine. P3, 512M ram and 40g hard drive.

win 98 and win nt installation was fine. but linux and nt doesnt seem to play well.

i have a 2g primary partition from win98.
i installed NT on the next 300M partition. The next partition is 3 gig partition for my applications.

after the last two, i installed linux with a 100M /boot partition. a 5 gig for root partition. and a 512 swap partition. LIlo in the MBR.

the problem i had is after installing linux i no longer can boot NT. if i do another reintallation i lose my linux.

anyone had experience with this?


[Edited by bigcat on 05-21-2001 at 12:50 PM]
Old 05-21-2001, 04:52 PM   #2
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Well what your not realizing is, each time you install a OS, it rewrites to the MBR. If you install Win98, then Linux, it will usually detect it and go ahead and configure it. If you install NT, then 98, the loader for NT surely detects 98, but then if you install Linux on top of that, it doesn't detect Nt but will 98. so on....and so on...its like a large continuous loop. What you need to do is figure out which Loader you want to use. Maybe the NT Loader or LILO.
From there you should be able to read up on the HowTo's at to get it all configured from there.
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its quite easy when using NT Loader to load Linux from a bootsector file.
repair NT so itll use the MBR again.
boot up linux tru a floppy and install Lilo in its OWN partition. in linux copy the bootsector:
"dd if=/dev/(insert_linux_root_partition_here) of=/tmp/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1"
export the /tmp/bootsect.lnx to the partition where NT loads. add it to the boot.ini like
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Thanks for all your help, i was using the lilo as the boot loader. perhaps i should try NT loader.

thanks again.


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