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bvc

Boot Linux with the NT-Loader

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You can install your linux-bootloader to / instead if the mbr and use the NT-Loader (win2k and xp) to boot linux.

 

SUGGESTION: backup everything and make sure you keep your bootfloppies updated and that they work!

 

NOTE: The linux bootloader must be in the bootsector of the / partition for this to work.

 

Google

http://linuxquestions.org/questions/history/139741

http://www.wlug.org.nz/HowToLinuxNTLoader

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/g...nt/bootpart.htm

 

I have;

hda1=win98

hda2=win2k

hdb1=debian

hdb6=ml-10-cooker

hdb9=suse

 

SuSE9/grub is on hdb9. I opened konsole and as root did;

dd if=/dev/hdb9 of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1

 

then cp'd /bootsect.lnx to C:\

which in my case is win98. Opened C:\boot.ini and added;

C:\bootsect.lnx = "Suse9Pro"

 

So this is my boot.ini;

[boot loader]

timeout=5

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Win2Pro" /fastdetect

C:\ = "Win98"

C:\bootsect.lnx = "Suse9Pro"

 

1. I did;

dd if=/dev/hdb6 of=/bootsect6.lnx bs=512 count=1

which is ML-10-Cooker hdb6 and the ntldr went to SuSE. I also tried

dd if=/dev/hdb6 of=/bootsect.6lnx bs=512 count=1

Seems the ntldr only understands "bootsect.lnx". So I guess all other linux's

will still have to be booted from a linux. In other words the ntloader will

only take one linux. If you know otherwise please let us know!

[edit] a friend has successfully added 3 of 4 distros......no idea why I couldn't. No big deal because if you can get one linux to boot from the ntldr then you can boot the other linux's from it.

 

2. I don't know about xp but in order to skip changing all the attributes to the

boot.ini file, in win2k I just logged in as the Administrator ;-)

Edited by bvc

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