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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.







I have;







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]



[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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