Re: dual boot win2k as boot loader
Well the problem ended up being that the hard disk had a bad sector
right in the area of the /boot partition (before the 1024K) point. So
there for lilo was spitting out all those 01 01 01 01. Using Loadlin
from with in win2k sounds also like a pretty good idea once the HD gets
replaced. Leave it to MS to make a rule that says you can't use their
boot loader to load non MS software.
Donald R. Spoon wrote:
Barney Wrightson wrote:
Quenten Griffith wrote:
Well that is good to know that lilo can and backs up the org. MBR,
but basically there seems no way to boot Debian with the WIN2k Boot
loader. I don't have a problem with that but my friend may be leary.
I believe it is actually possible to get the W2K boot loader to boot
other OSs like linux and solaris x86, but I haven't done it myself.
You would probably need lilo installed on the linux boot partition
rather than in MBR and then modify the c:\boot.ini in W2K to point to
your linux install. You will need to google for the details though.
Be warned though, I believe it contravenes the MS EULA to boot any
non-MS OS using their boot loader. (as if that would stop people dual
booting, actually it seems more like a challenge to me :))
I don't have Win2K here, so this is speculation at best, BUT I recall
a very nice "Mini HOWTO" on using the WinNT bootloader to boot linux.
Maybe M$ hasn't changed how their boot-loader works since NT?? The
mini-HOWTO can be found at the LDP at:
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html#toc6. Maybe you
can get some ideas there.
Incidently, I have an old DEC Alpha XLT-300 that was primarily made to
run WinNT. I have Debian Woody running on it, and the boot-up schema
is quite unique. Basically it uses the boot-loader to call
loadlin.exe which then runs the kernel. (It is a little more
complicated than that <grin>). If you can boot Linux from within
Win2K using loadlin.exe, then you "should" be able to automate this
with the bootloader.
As a last resort, booting from within Win2K using loadlin.exe seems to
also "fit the bill" for your friend. It might be a bit tedious to
first boot into Win2k then run the linload script, but he would have
the comfort of knowing Win2K still boots!!