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Re: Need Lilo Configuration Advice for Dual Boot Setup


The way I do this is to install LILO (or GRUB) to the partition that
has the Lunix distribution.  I have had VERY GOOD luck with a
boot loader called "GAG" which I write to the MBR.  It also allows
test booting from a floppy BEFORE you install it to the MBR.
This makes sure you don't break your Windows installation.

GAG can boot Windows and Linux (if a boot loader is installed
in the Linux partition).  It also allows you to save the old MBR
(Windows boot loader).

You can get it at:

Most Linux distributions offer the option to installl LILO or GRUB
to the Linux partition instead of the MBR for this very reason.  This
way, when you change or add another Linux installation, you don't
have to fix the MBR.  You can just add an entry to the GAG boot list.

Good luck!


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I'm hoping that this group will again, offer up great, effective advice
for an issue I'm grappling with.
I have a computer with Windows 98 installed on the primary hard drive
(c: windows; hda1 linux) and Woody installed on a second hard drive
(d: windows; hdb1 linux).  When I installed Woody, I made the linux
system bootable with a floppy, which as some of you probably already
know, takes forever to boot up.  I want to use lilo to make my system
dual bootable windows/linux at startup.  Since I originally made my
linux system bootable with a floppy, there is no /etc/lilo.conf file
on hdb1.  I need to know each and every step to make my system dual
bootable from the with hda1 partition, in other words, the boot
partition of windows.
I am paranoid that windows will not work after installing lilo on my
windows master boot partition, but someone told me that as long as you
have made a windows bootable floppy with fdisk on it (which I have)
that there is some command you can issue that will restore the mbr
as it was.
So basically what I am asking of this group are the commands I need
to include in a lilo.conf file (which I will create and hand-edit)
that will allow me to boot into windows 98 or woody, and also some
advice on how to restore my mbr as it was if all hell breaks loose.
Thanks for all the sage advice, as always...

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