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vaibhav waghmare
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Hi there,
Frank thx for showing interest in my very basic level problem. although i'm solved the problem, a new one is up. actually i have windows2000 on my m/c working fine. i installed linux 7, but at the time of installation it didn't asked me to set the default operating system. neither i bothered to create the boot diskate. but then at the lilo problem i can see only linux and no dos/windows. in short i can load linux but not win2k. so i deleted the mbr using fdisk, and now i can start only win2k. thereis no option left so that i can log in to linux. i tried creating boot disk using boot.img but then it starts linux installation.
plz do the needful.
waiting 4 ur help
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-VaibhaV.
 
Greg Harris
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i have win2000, win98 and Redhat 7.1 ( upgraded from 7.0 ) on my machine. 2000 and 98 are options when i boot my machine normally... i use the boot-disk to load linux.
i have installed, formatted and reinstalled my systems 4 or 5 times because of compatibility issues and because i am a beginner. that said, i think you might need to reinstall Redhat and make sure to create the boot-disk when you are given the option at the end of installation.
also, are you installing a "workstation" class or "server" class? the server class will overwrite your win2000 installation so you will NOT be able to use it. i suggest using the "workstation" class and choosing the boot-disk.
if i am wrong, somebody please correct me!
 
Jeff Tveita
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I currently have win98 and redhat 7.0 on my machine at home and have found that lilo doesn't play nice with windows very often. I would reccomend using a boot disk and not having lilo overwrite your mbr. This way it will default to windows and when you want to use linux just pop the floppy in and reboot.
Good Luck!
 
vaibhav waghmare
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Hi there,
I'm having win2k and linux7.0 running very finely without any probs. while you install Linux, let it update the mbr. If the installation gives you the option to set the default OS, it's fine. otherwise if u r able to start Linux, just edit the lilo.conf to set the default OS and other boot properties, such as lilo labels and timeout. Make the edited lilo configuration active by giving the command lilo. and that's all.
All the OSs work fine !
Begining Linux
Originally posted by Jeff Tveita:
I currently have win98 and redhat 7.0 on my machine at home and have found that lilo doesn't play nice with windows very often. I would reccomend using a boot disk and not having lilo overwrite your mbr. This way it will default to windows and when you want to use linux just pop the floppy in and reboot.
Good Luck!


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love n regards,
-VaibhaV.
 
Vikas Sharma
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the another way for booting linux in your situation is using DOS prompt.you should remember the partition name in which linux root is mounted(in my case it is '/dev/hda3'. follow the steps below -
1.create a folder let's linux in C:
2.copy vmlinuz, it is image file in case or RedHat you can get it from CD
3.copy loadlin.exe in the same directory
4.then make a batch file in this folder containing the line
loadlin vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3/
run this file in dos mode.
the image file may be different for different flavour of linux.
and your root partition may be diffferent.
the problem with win2k is it runs dos in Virtual mode.
so you have to boot through floppy.
try it.
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Vikas Sharma
National Center for Software Technology, India
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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