(was Re: [ILUG-BOM] Help!) basic installation help

Mitul Limbani mitul@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Thu Apr 3 09:38:30 IST 2003

> >
> > I also tried RedHat 8.00., but the dual boot didn't work, then XP

This is because XP has been installed with NTFS File System, and
lilo,grub (the boot managers are not able to write on the NTFS
Paritition) try doing this

use your install cd in rescue mode mount the / and /boot partitions.

modify the first statement 
boot = /dev/hda --> boot = /dev/hda3 (this is the partition number of
your /boot parition, you can get this details from /etc/fstab file )

now run lilo -v
This shall write the boot information on the start sectors of /dev/hda??

now get that boot information in a file using

dd if=/dev/hda?? of=/boot-linux.img bs=512 count=1
get this file /boot-linux.img file on a floppy (its size should be not
more then 512 bytes.)

reboot to xp, copy the file in C:\
edit boot.ini and append this line @ the end

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation
Version 4.00"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation
Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
C:\boot-linux.img="GNU/Linux version watever.watever" (<--add this line)
now you can boot into your linux 

Best Regards,
Mitul Limbani
Enterux Solutions
The Enterprise Linux Company
(mitul at enterux.com)

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