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Re: A very confusing dual boot problem.



I don't know if it is related but about a year ago I had to replace my
Dell 4100 hard drive.  When that was done, the technician formated the
disk for win2000.  In a previously triple boot setup (dos, win2000, and
Linux) I first installed the win2000, reduce the size and moved it to
allow dos and a boot partition to use the first sectors on the hard
drive.  Then installed dos and last Linux.  It had worked a couple of
time before for me but not with this new disk.  I discovered that Dell
had installed a disk manager when they formatted the disk for win2000
that was not evident nor removable with Fdisk.  I eventually had to
remove it with a Dell provided scrip program, and the install would then
work.  Otherwise, I could only use win2000 even if I had installed Linux
RH.

Don't know if that helps.

Norm
 

On Wed, 2002-12-04 at 10:39, Chris Bice wrote:
> There is a quick fix to this.  Flatten your Hard Drive, Install the
> windows 2K first, but make sure you leave enough unpartitioned space for
> a linux install.  Then once you have installed 2k, pop in the linux
> disks, make sure to use GRUB and I can almost promise you that it will
> work perfect. 
> 
> Chris
> 
> On Wed, 2002-12-04 at 10:28, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> > I will describe the problem but first a question. We know that the first
> > sector on the first disk is the MBR is found a boot loader and the
> > partition table. One assumes that that the OS starts in cylinder 1. What
> > is stored in the rest of the cylinder 0 other than the MBR?
> > 
> > Now the problem. We install Linux and W2k on a Dell machine. The Linux
> > runs. Now we boot the W2k. W2k has a disk manager program which allows
> > you to see what W2k thinks about the structure of the disk, When the
> > program is run it tells us that the Linux partition is Fat 32. We reboot
> > the machine and find that the Linux is ruined. In will not boot and the
> > disk seems to be written over by W2K.
> > 
> > Now we have done this about several 100 times over the years and this has
> > not happened before. Nor does it happen on other machines.
> > 
> > Can someone suggest where to look for an answer? Can anyone confirm an
> > impression that w2k keep a separate partition table that it uses, and if
> > so where is it located?
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