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    Another multi boot Newbie Linux post!

    I am currently trying to get my dual boot to work with Win2k on hdd1 and Mandrake9.2 on my second hdd.

    I have a running install of win2k on my first hdd. I then rebooted with my Mandrake cd and proceeded with the install on the second hard drive. I selected the auto partition which gave me 3 partitions since I know nothing about Linux. It made one part labled just '/' another 'swap' and finally 'home'.

    I then select to put lilo on a floppy. But the installer refused to write to the floppy(no error). So I reinstalled and chose to write lilo to first sector of hd not mbr. Which seemed to go without a hitch.

    When I reboot with the floppy the pc just prints "99" several times to the screen and then stops.

    I then thought I would try using ntldr, so I add and entry like so:
    multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Mandrak e9.2" /fastdetect

    when I do this I get the following statement:
    "Windows 2000 could not start because of a compter disk hardware configuration problem.
    Could not read from teh selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware..."

    So I rebooted with my Knoppix cd to see what my lilo.conf file contained. Here is a copy:

    Code:
    boot=/dev/hdb1
    map=/boot/map
    default="linux"
    keytable=/boot/us.klt
    prompt
    nowarn
    timeout=100
    message=/boot/message
    menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
    image=/boot/vmlinuz
    	label="linux"
    	root=/dev/hdb1
    	initrd=/boot/initrd.img
    	append="devfs=mount hdd=ide-scsi hdf=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb5"
    	read-only
    image=/boot/vmlinuz
    	label="failsafe"
    	root=/dev/hdb1
    	initrd=/boot/initrd.img
    	append="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi hdf=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb5 failsafe"
    	read-only
    other=/dev/hda2
    	label="windows"
    	table=/dev/hda
    other=/dev/hda3
    	label="windows2"
    	table=/dev/hda
    other=/dev/fd0
    	label="floppy"
    	unsafe
    What do I need to do to get lilo working in this application?

    P.s.
    My fist HDD has 4 partitions:
    1. small fat16
    2. Win2k ntfs
    3. Software ntfs
    4. backups fat32 (just in case I use Win98)
    My second HDD was auto partioned by installer like so:
    1. /
    2. swap
    3. /home
    and I believe they are formatted ext3?
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    Here is my actual partition info!

    I made a mistake in my previous post here is my actual partition info!
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    I found a web site that said to do something like this:

    1. boot off of cd to rescue.
    2. type: dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1
    3. Then: mcopy /bootsect.lnx a:

    but I get an error saying mcopy is unrecognised! And I don't know how to copy it to hda5(fat16).

    I have a Knoppix cd that seems to work well but I am Linux illiterate and can't figure out how to copy 'bootsect.lnx' to my first hard drive. It seems like to me this should be an easy task!
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    Did you read your lilo.conf file. You said your linux was hdd2 but you file says it is hdb1. I would be able to help you if you used grub, for that is all I have used. Sorry.

    here is what I do. I get a copy of the utility called fdisk. and delete all partitions. Then I format the first section as windows(in my case hdb1) then I format the second section as linux boot(in my case hdb2). Then I format my swap(hdb3) and then the rest for all the linux I want(the rest of the hard drive)(hdb4). look here
    Last edited by linuxdude; 06-18-2004 at 09:41 PM.

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    Thank you for your input. I greatly appreciate it.

    I am now currently replying from my Mandrake os. I broke down and used Partition Magic to do the booting for me since I was obviously being very dense. I think it would be best for me to try and learn a little about Mandrake first before I completely hose my system.
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