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Old 01-09-2004, 09:53 AM   #1
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Dual booting w/ 1 SATA and one regular IDE HD.

Ok, I have WinXP Pro installed on a 160 gb SATA Hitachi HD. I have a 45gb ata100 IBM HD that I want to put Slackware on. When I boot to the cd, it detects the old IBM drive as /dev/hda and it detects my SATA hd as /dev/hde. (on my motherboard-abit at7 max2- it uses the raid controller for SATA) it is an HPT 374 controller. Anyway, in the installation procedure I did the advanced setup for lilo. I chose /dev/hda2 as the linux drive, and /dev/hde1 as the windows drive. (It detected them and had them listed for me) I then installed lilo to the MBR. Now when I boot up it comes up w/ a menu to pick between the two. When I select the windows drive, it won't ever boot. Any ideas? Is the fact that I have windows on an SATA drive the culprit? If I boot into slack 9.1 and upgrade to the 2.6 kernel, with SATA enabled. Then create an updated slack installation cd, do you think that might work, or is there something else you'd recommend? I don't see how the kernel would have anything to do w/ lilo being able to get an already detected HD to boot though. Lilo runs before the kernel right, so am I correct in saying that it doesn't use the kernel to decide what's bootable?
Old 01-09-2004, 07:03 PM   #2
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Lilo and winxp never went well together... I'd rather use grub.
You can find a lot of threads similar (winxp dual boot), so I won't repeat all from scretch. The problem is xp often refuses to boot from non-first disk, so you may have to trick it.
You're right, kernel has nothing to do with it.
Old 01-10-2004, 05:20 AM   #3
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My guess is, it could be because of the SATA, because i have dual boot here with Slack91 (2.4.22) and XP, all running perfectly under lilo (

But if all else fails, you can always run XP, and Slack91 under NTLoader (windows's booting thingy...)


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