Boot problem

Sam Couter scouter at
Fri Apr 26 14:12:14 EST 2002

Anthony Jones <acj110 at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was hoping someone would be able to offer advice on the following
> problem: I am trying to dual (well actually triple) boot windows and
> redhat 7.2. I have windows XP installed on hda3 partition, Windows ME on
> hda1 partition, red hat on hdb 3-5.  I was told to modify the boot.ini
> file of windows to include the line:  C:\bootsect.lnx = "Red Hat 7.2" 
> where I have copied the boot sector (using dd command) from linux /boot
> partition into bootsect.lnx file.  This doesnt work, when I choose red hat
> from the windows boot screen a flashing cursor appears and nothing else. 
> I can boot Linux through a boot disk, so what is the boot disk doing that
> the boot.ini file cant do?  I have tried copying the bootsectors from all
> partitions hdb1-5, just in case I had mistaken which partition my /boot
> was on.  I have been told to use Lilo or grub booter but just for the
> principle of the thing, i want to work out how to configure windows to
> boot this. Thanks in advance. 

You need to use lilo or grub to create a bootable bootsector before any
boot loader can use it. If you haven't made a bootable bootsector first,
you've just copied garbage and asked the XP bootloader to boot it.

Check the documentation for grub and/or lilo on how to install the boot
block to a partition instead of the drive's MBR (your XP bootloader is
already in the MBR). Then use your dd trick and try again.
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