NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO: Troubleshooting

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If things do not work as expected, check bootability with a floppy disk. With /dev/hdb1 as your Linux-partition, your /etc/lilo.conf has the following entries:


root=/dev/hdb1
boot=/dev/fd0

Run lilo with a diskette inserted. Now try to boot from the diskette. If your Linux on /dev/hdb1 can’t be started, the NT OS loader will also fail to start it. If you see a lot of 01 01 01 01, your root-disk is not accessible. Check whether all your disks are known by the bios.

If the floppy boots your Linux partition, you can peel of your boot-sector for the NT OS loader with:


# dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1

You can keep this diskette as your rescue-diskette just in case your Windows NT installation breaks.

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