Win95 and Linux: Was: Verified Re: Unidentified subject!
Nice to know you were successful in installing Win95 into a Linux-based
system. I see you're using multiple physical drives to do that. In my
case, I was trying something of the reverse. I have a Win95B/FAT32
system in a 5GIG drive. I used Partition Magic to downsize the FAT32
partition and then used PM's BootManager (from IBM) at the top of the
drive. That was primary partition #2. Then I put an 800M dos partition
just above the FAT32 partition (primary partition #3). Then used the
remaining 1.5G for Linux - first putting in an extended partition
(primary partition #4), and then subdividing it into a small linux swap
partition and the rest (almost 1.4G) for linux proper.
I have Debian 1.3.1 and tried several times to get it installed without
I also have RedHat and tried installing it, and selecting the checkbox
for "everything" and it went in without a hitch. However, xwindows
didn't have the same clean screen that I see under Win95. After
experimenting with RedHat for a while, I decided to retry Debian. Well,
this time I got it to the point where dselect would run, but then got
over ambitious in trying to install everything, just like RedHat, and
Wow! what a mess!
Finally I decided to retry RedHat since it had been successful in the
past, but this time at the LiLo prompt I took a wrong turn and tho linux
would boot after that, I couldn't boot into the Win95 partition anymore.
After from late nite research by the nearest linux person I know to talk
to live, he discovered that on the DOS side, using the DOS rescue
diskette, it's possible to use the dos fdisk command to rewrite the
master boot record and reclaim bootability of the Win95 partition. The
command is a:>fdisk /mbr (return) and reboot.
At this point, the linux support guy is back in school and unavailable
for further assistance. Thus, I'm about to resize the Win95 partition
back to the full drive and forget trying linux, but I'd really rather
keep trying, but two items I need to be sure of: bootability of the
win95 partition and I'd also like to be able to convert the 800M dos
partition into a bootable partition so I could migrate my Win3.1 stuff
to it and run it there, and also use the win3.1 partition as a staging
area between linux and Win95, since linux (without the fat32 patch)
doesn't yet support fat32 in the standard distribution.
Once linux supports fat32, I'm wondering if it would make more sense to
try to use loadlin and softboot into linux instead of trying to use that
IBM boot manager? If so, has anyone have any experience in doing that?
What are the pros and cons?
Pure Energy wrote:
> Just so others on the list are aware... I have various drives on one of my
> systems with the first hard drive containing win3.11 and the rest linux
> ext2. I had the win95 upgrade sitting on the shielf for the last year and
> decided to finally set it up.
> It installed safely without touching any other drives (tho the generic
> drivers it uses didn't find a single device, all of which i had to install
> manually :) ).
> Anyhow just a note for others that win95 didn't give me any problems
> concerning booting linux or messing up the linux drives.
--David E. Scott Ohio Administrative Services
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