Setting up a dual-boot system by tweaking the Windows boot loader

Another tip from Gary:

Yes - and no. Assuming you have the Linux loader installed in the first sector of hdb1, you use dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1 to make a copy of the boot sector. Then you copy bootsect.lnx to C:\ and append the line C:\bootsect.lnx = "Linux" to your C:\boot.ini - which should result in a boot menu offering both Windows and Linux. On Tue, 22 Feb 2005, Petre Scheie wrote: >> I still have plans in the back of my mind for installing Linux on my >> dad's Dell-with-XP-Home machine. That was the one I wrestled with, with >> your help, trying to get it to boot from the floppy disk and then run >> from the Mandrake installed on hdb. I came across the article below, >> which is attempting a similar thing, of making a dual-boot system >> without disturbing the Windows installation. In this case, the author >> uses the NT loader to present the boot menu. To do so, the author >> describes making a boot file using dd and the boot sector of the linux >> disk as the input. Would this have worked in what I was trying to do >> last year? The article says to only copy the first 512 bytes, so the >> resulting file must just be a pointer to hdb1, right? >>