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How to enable to separately boot 2 different Linux systems on the same pc?

Already get one Linux (slackware) system running on hda3 (hda1 win95, hda2 Linux swap, hda4 program for win95). No problem. This linux system is my main working system, so I don't experiment to boldly on it.

Want to setup a second Linux system on a second harddrive  for testing, and learning, out things on it.

How to do, to be able to boot the two systems separately, preferably using a floppy?

Thomas
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Just set up lilo onto a floppy and into lilo.conf (it can be fount at /etc/lilo.conf) you set up two Linux systems. In the file you can tell lilo on what hard drives the systems are and the options for them.

Another option is to use loadlin and set the root partition to the another linux installation, e.g. loadlin vmlinuz riit=/dev/hdc1.

Try "man lilo" and "man lilo.conf", there you should find everything you need.

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Did set up lilo onto a floppy, but this is what happened;

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Ext2-fs: unable to read superblock
Msdos bread failed
isofs_read_super: bread failed, dev 0x1641 iso_blknum 16
hdd: bad access: block=0, count=1
end_request: I/O error, dev 1641, sector 0
HPFS: map sector: read error
Kernel panic: VFS unable to mount root fs on 16:41

Does anyone have the answer to this problem?

Thomas

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