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Old 09-24-2005, 08:51 AM   #1
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sata dual booting

sorry if this has been answered previously, but im stuck

im using slackware 10.1 with lilo
ive got 2 sata hardrives, one with slackware /dev/sdax
and the other with windows xp /dev/sdbx

my lilo.conf:

boot = /dev/sda
message = /boot/boot_message.txt
timeout = 1200
vga = 773

image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda2
label = Linux

other = /dev/sdb1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sdb

lilo compiles fine
Slackware boots fine
Windows does not want to boot at all
i dont want to use ntbootloader
any suggestions?
Old 09-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: sata dual booting

Originally posted by avoidmoney
other = /dev/sdb1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sdb
If your windows disk is at /dev/sdb1, then I'm afraid your config seems just fine to me. If nothing else works, you can try to change to grub, that's what I did.
Old 09-24-2005, 01:03 PM   #3
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Have you changed position of your sata drives prior to installing linux? My experience is that windows only is happy with the system on the first disk in the system (primary master).

If you want to keep your current hdd config I'd also suggest moving to grub which can hide the linux disk from the windows system.

I think It's easier to change the SATA cablin so that window becomes sda and linux end up in sdb. Then you can run with lilo installed on sda mbr and boot both windows and linux. You can boot from your install CD, edit lilo.conf and rerun lilo. Should work OK.

I also attatch my grub menu.lst which is specially configured so I can boot both w2k and w98 together with several slack kernels. If you look on the config you can see how I hide different partitions for both MS OS's. Both MS system think the reside on the first primary partition on my hdd.

Good Luck!


timeout 5
default 0
fallback 1

#Foor booting Windows 2000
title Windows 2000
unhide (hd0,0)
hide (hd0,1)
unhide (hd0,5)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

# For booting Linux
title Slackware
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 vga=773

# For booting Linux
title Slack-2.4.29
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.29 root=/dev/hda5 vga=773

# For booting Linux
title Old-Slack
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/hda5 vga=773

#Foor booting Windows 98
title Windows 98
hide (hd0,0)
unhide (hd0,1)
hide (hd0,5)
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
Old 09-24-2005, 01:58 PM   #4
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try adding this in the windows bit


so should be like

other = /dev/sdb1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sdb
Old 09-24-2005, 02:49 PM   #5
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thanks for all help

boot-as=0x80 did the trick


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