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Linux and the Boot.ini

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by Alien56, Jul 13, 2006.

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  1. Alien56

    Alien56 Thread Starter

    Jun 8, 2006
    I need help adding to versions of linux to my windows boot.ini.
    I've tries using E:\bootsect.lnx="Linux" but when I select that when my computer starts up I get an error that says it cannot find hal.dll in my windows system32 folder and that I should replace it. Does anyone here know how to boot linux using the windows bootloader?
  2. saikee


    Jun 11, 2004
    The Linux boot loader first 512 bytes, presumably it is your bootsect.lnx, should be stored inside the directory where boot.ini is stored. That means the "C" drive.

    The principle behind is Windows does not support Linux and officialy can't read its partition. This means it has no ability to search other partitions for a Linux boot loader.

    To boot a Linux WIndows must have the first 512 bytes of the Linux boot loader "available" inside its own filing system and in the same drive that stores its own NTLDR boot loader, so that the NTLDR can be replaced by the Linux boot loader to dual boot.
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