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    Cool HOWTO: Dual boot XP & BT (With LILO)

    Hey guys,
    I finally got my harddrive setup working and I wanted to share how to do it. Because a lot of other howto's on this forum are straight jacked from other distributions (and they didn't work for me), I thought I would write this up real quick. This is V1.0 so hopefully it wont have any bugs, if it does, just reply or PM me.

    This tutorial assumes a few things

    1. You first installed XP
    2. Now you want to install BT
    3. You want to save your XP install but want BT too
    4. You only have one hard drive, but have partitioned it
    5. Your lazy ass doesn't wanna swap floppies to get boot files onto your C: drive for NTFSloader


    Step 1: So first, you have to have XP on your machine

    Step 2: Use a disk partitioning tool like Partition Magic (usually free with new hard drives) to cut up a partition for BT. Make it EXT2 so that you can actually boot to it and write to it from Linux.

    Step 3: Load the BT CD and install to hard drive. MAKE SURE TO INSTALL TO YOUR PARTITION FOR BT! DONT OVERWRITE YOUR XP PARTITION! As for where to write LILO, just let it write to /dev/hda1 or your master drive.

    Step 4:
    Once you have written BT to your hard drive, you pretty much cannot access your XP partition anymore. But fret not! We will soon have it back. Just go back into your newly installed BT, get to a command prompt and type this in:

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    $: liloconfig
    This is going to lead you through installing your windows info onto your boot loader. Just choose the simple session, then click enter, then install to your master boot record. It will give you an error, but thats cool. You will now be kicked backed to console

    Step 5:

    Now type this into console:
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    $: nano /etc/lilo.conf
    This will open up your newly created information that you will boot from. What you did earlier created this file. However, if you leave some permissions to how they are, your shizzle isn't going to boot and you will get tons or 'cannot write to....' errors and stuff is just going to be a nightmare. Therefore, scroll way down to where is says #Linux bootable partition config begins. Change it to this:
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    # Linux bootable partition config begins
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = current
    label = back|track
    read-write
    # Linux bootable partition config ends
    That last part is very important. Its on the "TRIBOOT" howto, but it doesn't really make a big deal out of it. If you dont make it read-write, your system wont boot correctly. Damn, thats annoying because you have to reinstall.

    Step 6:

    The last thing you have to do is initiate LILO, or whatever. This pretty much sets everything in place for when you next boot. Just type this into your console:

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    $lilo
    You should get something telling you that you have two choices, Windows* and Back|Track. The star, I believe means its new, or something. You got me *shrug*. However, this should allow you to dual boot to either partition.



    Conclusion: Now this pretty much lays it out for people who JUST WANT BT on their box with XP. The triboot Howto is good but this just lays it out for all those folks (like me) that just need 2 confusing OSs on their computer.

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    Way to go, killnine, looks like you really learned a lot doing this. Thanks for putting up a howto, I'll add it to the collection.
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    The next one on my list of "To-Do"s is installing open office on a HD install of BT. After all, I am sure a lot of us are students or faculty that need to at least read Microsoft's silly documents =D. Look forward to that sometime soon (though I have finals now....)

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    i must say this one looks a lot like my reply i posted yesterday...

    being: this

    Maybe we could merge them to make it even better. I think my post goed in a bit more detail which can be useful for some people....

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    Quote Originally Posted by saratis
    i must say this one looks a lot like my reply i posted yesterday...

    being: this

    Maybe we could merge them to make it even better. I think my post goed in a bit more detail which can be useful for some people....
    Some of the notes on troubleshooting were helpful, yes, but you omitted an important step which was to include the 'read-write' line in the linux config section. This is essential to avoiding boot errors.
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    Yeah, sorry for flooding the forum with this, maybe we can combine threads or whatever. If you wanna just ammend yours, I can get an admin to remove this thread. We should probably just give props to all the people who have helped contribute to making a Howto on this subject. I just figured that the Triboot one wasn't the end-all be all tutorial. So, i did what worked for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    Some of the notes on troubleshooting were helpful, yes, but you omitted an important step which was to include the 'read-write' line in the linux config section. This is essential to avoiding boot errors.
    hmm, worked for me, maybe it was there already, but i still think we should merge the two posts and make it easy to find, sticky like...

    ive added the read-write part to my post as wel...

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    Cool just to make it look better

    i have a question when my lilo menu comes up it gives me 3 options

    Widows
    Back|track
    WindowsXp

    is there a way to take the first windows off?

    Not super important just want to make it look tidy

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    After going through the process 3 times, I can say , If you are unable to boot properly into any operating system, first boot using BT3 DVD. On HDD install option uncheck that restore MBR option.
    Then reboot to check
    If it still doesnt work, run liloconfig. One LILO is intalled, its all smooth sailing
    [FONT="System"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"][B]I am not arrogant, just better than you.[/B][/COLOR][/FONT]

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    Bigwilli..... I just did all this too for the 1st time and found saratis post very useful for a noob, click THIS below.

    Quote Originally Posted by saratis
    i must say this one looks a lot like my reply i posted yesterday...

    being: this

    Maybe we could merge them to make it even better. I think my post goed in a bit more detail which can be useful for some people....

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