Boot problem

Brett Worth brettw at
Fri Apr 26 14:21:31 EST 2002


I'm no expert on this but I'll give you my 2 cents worth anyway...

What you're putting into the C:\bootsect.lnx file still needs to be a valid
boot sector and this needs to have been created by lilo or grub.  

Here's a clip from "info grub":

     grub> setup (hd0)

   This command will install GRUB on the MBR in the first drive. If you
want to install GRUB into the "boot sector" of a partition instead of
the MBR, specify a partition into which you want to install GRUB:

     grub> setup (hd0,0)


You probably want the second command.  The first one will overwrite your
Windoze MBR.

On Fri, 26 Apr 2002, Anthony Jones 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. 
> Anthony Jones


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