February 2nd, 2002, 08:48 AM
LINUX boot help
ok i have two hard drives 1 is xp pro the other is mandrake. The jumpers on both HD's are set for master. I want Lillo or some boot prog to come up to ask me what i want to run. What should i do. I tryed making one of them a slave then telling what to run first in the CMOS it did not work with the slave drive just the master...
Where should i go from here...............................thx
February 2nd, 2002, 09:08 AM
February 2nd, 2002, 09:27 AM
Install Linux on the second HDD set to master then install XP on the first HDD set to master. Then the XP boot loader will give you a choice to load which.
As before, I have not had luck with LILO and XP. Only on a few occasions has XP failed to load. Only in Win2000 did it hang ever so ofter loading .dir.
You may also want to invest in Partition Magic 7.0. It has been a life save for me. You can use it to format the Linux partition and the NTFS partition so both installs will find it from the get go.
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February 2nd, 2002, 12:26 PM
February 2nd, 2002, 02:28 PM
here's the link to that thread
Here's a link to a site with good info about multiboot / mounting volumes etc... I think they also provide tools to do those things for you:
February 2nd, 2002, 03:49 PM
To the best of my knowledge.
the way you set the jumpers on the drives
is a hardware issue, having to do with the
initial installation of the drives into the box.
They must be jumpered in a way that
the computer can distinguish between
them and access them without a hardware
What OS you install on each drive is up
to you. Setting up your multi-boot
system is a software issue that can be
addressed a number of different ways,
assuming that the drives were installed
correctly at the hardware level.
You shouldn't have to change jumpers
to select which OS to boot.
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February 2nd, 2002, 04:29 PM
How I did it
I have the same setup. I had originally used my second HDD as slave for storage but then reformated with ext2 and put linux on it. I installed LILO on the MBR of my win xp drive (the first one) and it has worked great since.
What do you mean you don\'t have a backup disk?