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Re: [SLUG] configuring dual boot system
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] configuring dual boot system
- From: bill <billb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 19:10:40 +1000
Check your PC's bios to determine whether it will boot from the 2nd (or 3rd
or 4th) hard disk. If the PC has a fairly recent motherboard it should do
Make your linux hard disk the Primary Master (hda in linux speak/C: in
windows speak/ hd0 in Bios speak). Install only linux on this drive,
partitioned as you wish.
Make your windows drive the Primary Slave (don't forget to change the
Linux can then install Lilo or Grub boot manager on the 1st hard drives
boot manager, and can be updated to include the booting of windows.
If anything goes wrong, your Windows drive will not have been touched by
linux, and you can set the PC's bios to boot the second (windows) drive.
Also, even if the system is set to boot from the 1st drive, you can just
disconnect it's power cable and the PC should boot the next available
drive. Windows always sees the first available drive as C:, no matter
whether its the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th drive - at least as far as Win 98 is
concerned - WinXP is a different kettle of fish.
This has worked for me on several PCs, andnone of them have motherboards
less than 2 years old
Hope this helps.