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Re: [SLUG] Potato & Win XP compatibility
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Potato & Win XP compatibility
- From: "Adam Marchant" <Adam.Marchant@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Feb 13 17:43:01 2002
I've successfully had XP, Win2000, WinNT4, as well as the Win9x and DOS multiply booting.
There is a HOWTO by Bernd Reichert. His strategy was this:
first, make your partitions, then install WinNT in the primary one, then install Linux in another (if you format this partition with extfs2 before you load Windows, then Windows will leave it alone, and won't put a swap file or something in it).
When you install Linux, you put LILO in the first partition of the Linux partition, not the primary partition. Then you use dd to make a copy of it, and make this copy as a file (with any name you like) in the top level of the primary (Windows) partition. Then you edit Window's boot.ini so that it comes up on the menu.
This HOWTO is at http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html.
You can also use LILO to load both - but for me, who still has a long way to go before being adept with Linux, this involved a bit more thinking. I have seen instructions for this, but haven't doen it myself.
However, my current setup uses the excellent (and free - GPL) boot loader "GAG", by a Spanish chap who seems not to have put his name on his web pages, but is something from which "Raster Software Vigo" can be derived. The program can be obtained from http://raster.cibermillennium.com/gageng.htm.
Not that it would be of any interest to anyone here, but this boot loader can let you put multiple versions of Win9x on the same machine, a thing that uncle Bill disn't want. I have no problem now with XP and Linux (RH 7.1), although XP (unlike previous Win2000 and WinNT4) does seem to interfere with Win98 on another partition.
>>> "Adam Bogacki" <adam@xxxxxxxxxxx> 02/13/02 03:42pm >>>
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has experienced boot compatibility issues
with Potato and XP in a multi-drive, multi-boot system.
I have XP on a 20G drive and am about to install Potato on another 40G
drive but "Debian Unleashed" (1999, p.989) states:
"Using Windows NT and Linux
If you want to use Linux and NT on the same system, be prepared for a
bit of trouble; NT does not like to coexist with other operating
systems. Read the Linux+NT Mini-HOWTO (available from the LDP at
http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/), and follow the directions ... Using NT and
Linux on the same system is not recommended, if you can reasonably avoid
it, but should work if you are
I've searched by 'Linux+XP' and 'Linux+Windows XP' with no hits.
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