Boot Fedora with Loadlin in Win98.

Moller phmo at
Sat Dec 18 20:07:33 UTC 2004

Hi !

Thanks for the answer Barry Yu, but it's my fault that I didn't specify more clearly what I meant.

I am not using Grub or Lilo as a bootloader because I don't want to mess up my MBR in Windows98, i like to have win98 as first boot.
I want to use Loadlin, to load the Fedorakernel into memory from Win98-DOS.
I have done what I suppose to do, according to the Loadlin+Win95/98ME mini-HOWTO(
But it doesn't work properly when I Boot Fedora from Win98-DOS.
Here is a sample of my bootmessage that I get when I boot with loadlin from win98 to Fedora :

NET: Registered protocol family 17
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md:  ...autorun DONE.
EXT2-fs: hda3: Couldn't mount because of unsupported optional features (4).
Kernel panic - not syncing : VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (3,3).

Then the system go into halt and I have to push my RESET-button to reboot my system back to win98.

So, what to do ?   I need help .........

Is there anyone out there, that starts FedoraCore3 with Loadlin in Windows98, that can help me to configure my system properly ?

Thanks all.
Philip Moller
Malmo, Sweden

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Barry Yu" <barryyupuilee at>
To: "Fedora SELinux support list for users &developers." <fedora-selinux-list at>
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: Loadlin.

> Moller wrote:
> >Hello!
> >
> >I want to dualboot FedoraCore3 with Win 98.
> >How do I do it ?
> >Here is a sample of my bootmessage that I get when I boot with loadlin:
> >
> >NET: Registered protocol family 17
> >md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
> >md: autorun ...
> >md:  ...autorun DONE.
> >EXT2-f2 warning (device hda3):ext2_fill_super: mounting ext3 filesystem as ext2
> >VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly
> >Freeing unused kernel memory: 144k freed
> >Warning: unable to open an initial console.
> >SELinux: Disabled at runtime.
> >SELinux: Unregistering netfilter hooks

> Barry Yu wrote:
> Install w98 first in a f32 partition, and then secondly install the fc3, 
> the fc3 will auto dectect the existing w98,  during insatllation of fc3 
> at configuartion of boot loader, just take whatever the default 
> setting,  when finished, the grub will be the boot up manual for you to 
> select which O/S you want to boot up with (w98 or fc3). Hope I 
> understood your post correctly.

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