Re: Win95 and Linux: Was: Verified Re: Unidentified subject!
Thanks for the note, I've put comments interspersed in the quoted text
below, as that seems to be the pattern with members of this list.
Stephen Carpenter wrote:
> > 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.
> Will it boot anything?
Yes, it would boot linux, but gave the "you don't have a disk in your
boot device" error message, press enter to continue.... <Grrr> :)
> If it will boot linux and not win95..then you probably installed wrong
> consult the file "/etc/lilo.conf" and the docs for lilo
> (in /usr/doc/lilo<versioninfo> )
I've been studing both over the past several days, in addition to other
conversations, some offline, with other members of this list. The
support has been terrific !!
> OTOH I would consider you luckey :) I just recently took
> off Win95 completley and am running
> Linux exclusively now.
There are a whole suite of tools I'd need to be running on the linux
side before I could make that switch. For example, I'd need to be
running ppp and Navigator and Navigator's email before I'd consider
dropping Win95. For another thing, I'd need a Word-like word processor
and access to both the SCSI ZIP drive and the Cannon Bubble Jet 4300
printer (the latter for resumes for both the wife and me) before I'd
give up win95. The list goes on.... :)
> >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
> Ive done that b4...for starters kill the linux partition and try again.
Just yesterday I decided to try the loadlin route and when it got done,
I had a bunch of garbage added to my autoexec.bat so that it
automatically went into loadlin every time I booted. In addition,
because of the presence of the ZIP drive, I discovered that somewhere in
the guts of Win95 there is a call to the Iomega guest program and it
hangs there and never does make it into the DOS command prompt. That was
the first time I'd tried to boot into DOS after I installed the ZIP
drive. Didn't know I couldn't do that anymore.
Too bad Loadlin doesn't run as a Windows application. I can set up a DOS
boot diskette, but that sure seems gruesome and a last resort.
> Be sure if you install redhat that during
> the boot process you tell it about your Win95 partition an dthat
> you wish to be able to boot it
Seems better to not tell it about the Windoze partition at all since the
Partition Magic partition already "knows" about it.
> (give its boot image the name "Windoze" for fun :) )
> Another idea is to NOT install lilo and install it on a boto disk
> then just boot off the disk
That's the same deal about boot diskettes I mentioned above. I'd like to
avoid them if possible.
One discussion thread has been along the lines of just what you
mentioned: don't install it during the redhat install, but afterwards,
build the lilo.conf by hand and tell it to put the lilo boot manager
into the boot sector of the linux partition rather than in the MBR for
the entire disk.
> As for RedHat...
> What version of RedHat is it?
> I started on RedHat an dam now a debian user
> RedHat is great for Windows Users tho...good to get you addicted so you
> switch completely to linux :)
My guru sez that maybe Caldera is even more friendly to newbie's like me
that are coming from the Windoze/Mac world.
--David E. Scott Ohio Administrative Services
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