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I have read conflicting views on dual boot win2k and Linux. If Lilo overwrites mbr (created by win2k), how do we restore it? one version says that you will have to re-install win 2k!!! Another version says fdisk /mbr will do.Which is true? even if fdisk /mbr works, will it bring back to the original state? ie. being able to choose the OS with F8 or similar keys and being able to start in Safe mode and other options? Or is there any way of saving the win2k mbr and reload it at a later time? Just trying to be ...

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    I have read conflicting views on dual boot win2k and Linux. If Lilo
    overwrites mbr (created by win2k), how do we restore it?
    one version says that you will have to re-install win 2k!!!
    Another version says fdisk /mbr will do.Which is true?
    even if fdisk /mbr works, will it bring back to the original state? ie.
    being able to choose the OS with F8 or similar keys and being able to start
    in Safe mode and other options? Or is there any way of saving the win2k mbr
    and reload it at a later time?
    Just trying to be safe before I mess around with lilo!! Thanks.
    NS


    sridhar Guest

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    sridhar nagabhurshana wrote:
     

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    > I have read conflicting views on dual boot win2k and Linux. If Lilo 

    lilo -u
     

    That is always an option. Usually it is overkill.
     

    It installs the default DOS bootloader in the MBR.
     

    both
     

    That is not in the MBR. That is the NT loader which is located in the
    bootrecord of the NT partition
     

    lilo -u
    Lilo automatically stores the old MBR (unless a previous backup exists)
    Check /boot for files named eg. boot.0300. That is the old MBR of hda
    all boot.NUM files are probably bootrecord backups.
     

    Write lilo on a bootfloppy before you actually install it on the MBR.
    just change the line boot=SOME_DISK_LOCATION to boot=/dev/fd0.
    If the floppy boots both OS-es, you can write it to the MBR.

    Eric
    Eric Guest

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    Eric Moors wrote:
     
    >
    >
    > lilo -u[/ref]

    Thats one way
     
    >
    >
    > That is always an option. Usually it is overkill.[/ref]

    dont give false impressions.

    there isnt any need to reinstall win2k, just to replace the standard MBR.
    a dos boot disk, with fdisk.exe
    fdisk.exe /mbr
     
    > It installs the default DOS bootloader in the MBR.
    > both[/ref]

    not really.
    telling people that installing linux will mean that you have problems
    with windows is actually a lie that hurts linux.

    Its not true, it hurts linux.


    Leon Guest

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    >>>one version 
    >>
    >>
    >> That is always an option. Usually it is overkill.[/ref]
    >
    > dont give false impressions.[/ref]

    I have given no false impression whatso-ever.
    reinstalling windows will fix the problem with windows, as the
    windows installation routines will rewrite the MBR.
     
    >> It installs the default DOS bootloader in the MBR. both[/ref]
    >
    > not really.[/ref]

    ? It most certainly installs the DOS bootloader in the MBR.
    So what do you mean with "not really"
     

    And who did that?
     

    Linux is an OS. It has no notion of pain.

    Eric
    Eric Guest

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