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Old 08-09-2001, 03:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy tricky dual boot question--w2k/rh7.1

I need some help with setting up a dual boot machine. It is 2000 Server and Red Hat 7.1. Here are the details:

I had a computer with a single hard drive running red hat 7.1. It had the following partitions:

hda1 /boot
hda2 extended partition
hda5 {swap}
hda6 /

So I want to add 2000 Server to this computer. I temporarily removed the Linux HDD and installed W2k on a brand new disk. After that, I cabled both drives together, with the w2k being the primary master and the linux being the primary slave.

I booted into linux using a boot floppy and I updated the /etc/fstab and the /etc/lilo.conf files. They still had entries for hda, but now linux lives on hdb. So after that, I extracted the linux boot sector:

dd if=/dev/hdb1 bs=512 count=1 of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin

hdb1 is my new /boot partition, where the linux boot sector lives. Ok so I take that file "linux.bin" and copy it to a floppy. Now I boot into w2k and copy the file to the root of the C:\ drive. I edit boot.ini and add the following line:

c:\linux.bin="Red Hat Linux 7.1"

I restart the computer, and at the boot menu, I select Red Hat Linux 7.1. All I see is a white blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. Linux does not load.

Does anyone know what I need to do to get this to work? Thanks.
Old 08-09-2001, 04:33 PM   #2
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Did you edit /etc/lilo.conf and make the changes there then run /sbin/lilo?
Old 08-09-2001, 04:45 PM   #3
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Yes I edited /etc/lilo.conf. I then ran lilo, it even warned me that the boot sector was not on hdb. I extracted my boot sector after I ran lilo.
Old 08-10-2001, 12:19 AM   #4
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When you say hdb1 is my new /boot partition, where the linux boot sector lives, do you mean that you installed lilo on the /boot partition? Could post a copy of your fstab and lilo.conf files?


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