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After I got Linux installed on my "D" drive (850megs Seagate partioned as a DOS backup site (410megs) and (440megs) as the Linux native and Swap (16megs) partions) and I tried to boot my machine LILO runs and loads Linux unless I use a DOS boot disk.  When I do get to DOS (using the DOS boot disk) I can't get in to Windows.  All of the DOS commands I use come back with error messages such as "Bad command or file name" and "Invaled dir" (Windows).  Also, I could not get into my system (autoexec.bat or config.sys) files or any utilities.

As for Linux, I got things going pretty good, I guess.  I think Linux found my modem and I was able to change the machine name, password protect the root dir, add a user account, and even play a couple of games of Tetris ;-)

I am using an AcerPower desk top computer (60mhz) with 16megs of RAM, the Seagate I mentioned above, a second hard drive 550megs ("C") by Maxtor, and an ATAPI CD-ROM (I had to set the CD to "Master" to get it to work with the InfoMagic CD.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.  Then I can get into more trouble setting up the X Window system and ask you more question.

Thanks,
hpyrep
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Of course nothing works when you boot DOS off the dis.  (A)
nothings in your path, and (B) the DOS boot floppy just contains
a minimal set of commands anyway.  Ultimately you want to add
an entry for DOS in your /etc/lilo.conf, then you can do away
with the floppy entirely.

My /etc/lilo.conf looks like this:
boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
install=/boot/boot.b
prompt
timeout=50
image=/boot/zImage
        label=zImage
        root=/dev/hda2
        read-only
other=/dev/hda1
        label=win95
        table=/dev/hda

So at the LILO prompt at boot time (You may have to hit
the LEFT-SHIFT button on your keyboard for LILO to allow
you to enter your choice of which OS to load) I choose
either linux or win95 (yeah, right!)  

Remember, after modifying your /etc/lilo.conf, you must
run /sbin/lilo to update your master boot record.  It
will make the changes, and the next time you boot, you should
be able to go into DOS with no problems at all.

Just a note of interest:  Whichever entry you list FIRST
in LILO, will be the one that will automatically boot up
if you do not make a choice at the prompt.

Good luck!
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