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Re: [vox-tech] Dual-booting Linux and Windows 2000
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Re: [vox-tech] Dual-booting Linux and Windows 2000

Dual booting Linux using NTLoader was successful. The steps were:

# Create a blank bootsect.lnx file of correct size

dd if=/dev/zero of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count =1

# Edit lilo.conf, set boot line to "boot=/bootsect.lnx",

vi /etc/lilo.conf

# Run lilo to write bootsector  to file


# Edit lilo.conf, set boot line to "boot=/dev/hdb" If you don't do this, you'll
get 'L' when LILO tries to load

vi /etc/lilo.conf

# Run lilo to write bootsector to MBR on second disk

# Copy bootsect.lnx to C:\ -- I haven't had luck mounting an NTFS5.0 partition on

Thanks again! Hope this helps someone!

Matt Roper wrote:

> I have found two different ways to dual-boot Windows 2000 in the past:
>  1) NT Loader comes up first, if "Linux" is selected, LILO loads up and I
>     can choose which kernel I want to run
>  2) LILO comes up first; if I select "Windows," then NT bootloader pops up
> It sounds like you are are trying to get functionality similar to the
> first option above.  I think where you are going wrong is where you
> use dd to make bootsect.lnx.  The dd command that you are using copies the
> boot sector of partition hdb1 into a file; you can think of it as a
> program that would get executed if you tried to boot from that partition.
> NT Loader "executes" this program in order to load Linux when you choose
> the Linux option from the menu.
> I think your problem is that there is no bootup code in /dev/hdb1, so the
> bootsect.lnx file you are generating is either empty or garbage.  In order
> to get the proper Linux bootup code into the boot sector, you need to use
> LILO to put it there.  Normally, LILO installs this boot code into
> /dev/hda (the master boot record on the first hard drive) by default.
> However you want to install it to the boot sector of /dev/hdb1 instead so
> that you don't overwrite NT loader (which is sitting in /dev/hda).
> To do this, edit lilo.conf and change the line
>   boot=/dev/hda
> to
>   boot=/dev/hdb1
>      or
>   boot=/dev/hdb
> Which of the above lines you choose doesn't really matter; the first one
> will install to the boot sector of the hdb1 partition (/boot on your
> system) while the second one will install into the master boot record of
> your second hard drive.  Either one is a valid place to put the boot code
> and neither one contains an existing boot sector on your system.  After
> this, run LILO and then use dd to generate bootsect.lnx.  Complete the
> process as you described and the result should be that NT Loader will run
> LILO if you choose the "Linux" option from the menu.  If you don't want
> LILO's own menu (i.e. you only have one kernel and you never pass
> parameters to your kernel with LILO), you can keep it from coming up by
> removing the line
>   prompt
> from your lilo.conf at the same time you make the other change to the
> file.
> I think the above process will get the solution you want.  I did this
> about a year ago, so I don't remember the details really well.  If you
> still have problems, I'll try to figure out what I have forgotten.
> A couple of final notes:
>  - Your process of rebooting, fdisk /mbr, and then repair Win2k seems a
>    little excessive to me.  I don't see why you can't just mount your
>    windows drive from within linux (i.e.  mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/C
>    or mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/C), copy bootsect.lnx to /mnt/C, and
>    then edit /mnt/C/boot.ini.  I believe that is what I did a year ago...
>  - Although I haven't tried it, I suspect that it might be possible to
>    have LILO write its boot sector directly to a bootsect.lnx file instead
>    of writing it to a boot sector and then copying it out into a file.  My
>    guess is that something like this might do the trick:
> # Make a file of the right size
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1
> # Edit lilo.conf, set boot line to "boot=/bootsect.lnx"
> vim /etc/lilo.conf
> # Run LILO to install bootup code into bootsect.lnx
> /sbin/lilo
>   Of course that's just a guess.  I have no idea whether LILO would accept
>   a file instead of a boot sector...
> Hope that solves your problem or at least gives you enough insight to get
> it working.  Let us know how it turns out.
> Matt
> =========================
> Matt Roper
> mdroper@ucdavis.edu
> http://www.mattrope.com
> =========================

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