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Old 03-03-2004, 10:25 AM   #1
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triple boot red hat w2k win98

I have red hat 7.2 installed dual boot with win2k on diff partitions. added slave hdd and want to put win 98 on it and multi-boot with all items to appear in my grub boot loader list
Old 03-03-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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Hmm, Windows 98 may overwrite the MBR of your primary hdd. Try unplugging your master, and making the slave your master. Then install windows 98 on it. Then swap them back and add the appropriate command for your bootloader.
Old 03-03-2004, 11:43 AM   #3
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Ok how do I add this command to the boot loader and what command do I add
Old 03-03-2004, 11:47 AM   #4
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Look at /boot/grub/menu.lst (it may be /etc/grub/menu.lst on your dist, I'm not sure). Add another entry just like the Win2k one, but with the correct hard drive (see man grub for how grub labels drives) and the correct label.
Old 03-03-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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well, in my experience,
i suggest you put win98 on the first partition... they say it's a rule of thumb even for multibooting 20+ OS'es. no one (yet, ive known) has ever find a way to boot it(win98) on a second or ++ partition properly, some may have boot, but was totally buggy and the apps were rendered unusable...
i found an article with a lot of OS'es that a person manage to rig 37 OS'es
--and his name is Richard Robbins, and here is a link to that article


hope you find it interesting and useful.

anyway i could't give you precise procedures (i use RH 9), maybe only advice. and i don't guarantee this will work 100%...

1) backup!!! (most important)
2) delete all partitions on harddrive. i suggest fdisk, partition magic or any
low level formatting software, or use the rescue disk. delete all
partitions. (i use the one that comes with my motherboards' BIOS)
3) run fdisk (optional), create first/primary partition and make it active (if
you don't make it active, win98 will not boot)..
4) now, install win2k. (*optional*after installing win2k, you can copy all
your back-upped files to the win2k directory,*but not overwriting
"NTLDR" and boot.ini).reboot. check and pray if you can see a boot
option with win98 and win2k...
5) install Redhat... (sorry, i cn't provide accurate info here, i never used
RH 7.2)... well in my diskdruid (RH 9).. i will be given 3 options...
like, a.) delete existing linux partions. and use it
b.) delete all partitions. and use it
c.) use available space...
i suggest you choose something like c.) .. **provided you left some
extra space for your linuz...(also install it on MBR)

........ now if you're lucky. GRUB should update automagically and see your 3 OS's during boot time....hopefully

well, good luck to 'ya... hope it work's.
Old 03-03-2004, 03:26 PM   #6
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i will Suggest another methord if you want to boot many operating system

For each of your hard disk make 3 primary and one extented with as many logical drives as you want

then while installing ...linux you can install it to any extended partions.. and write boot loader infromation into the first sector rather than the MBR

For Windows you always use primary partions in that way you can have win98 win 2k3 or what ever you want by makeing it active that
computer will load from it

and install one some multi boot loader program like boot ng

from which you can easily select which os you want during start up

it is very easy to set up i have more than 12 os multibooted in my system

this way it is very easy so try it if you want to multiboot with many os
Old 03-03-2004, 06:38 PM   #7
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its a nice idea by markkreuz
but then u will see two options in
first boot loader GRUB and
further two in next boot loader
for microsoft os's

u will get three options on one boot loader
use diskdruid for partioning selection
hoping for ur good luck


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