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i want to make a batch file to run loadlin but i don't understand about the parameters - please help! Where is the image can i copy it to my hd?
also i was wondering if it was possible to dual boot win95 and RH 5.1. i have system commander
Thanks in Advance
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The image is on your Linux partition, just boot Linux and copy the kernel to your DOS partition. The kernel is usually named /vmlinuz. I'm not sure if RedHat stores the kernel on the default location.

The loadlin batchfile shouldn't really contain much information:

@<directory>\loadlin <directory\kernelname> root=/dev/<name of Linux partition (ie. hda5) ro

That's all, unless you need more parameters. If you've run LILO before, have a look at /etc/lilo.conf and add all missing parameters to your loadlin batchfile.

You could use System Commander to dual boot Win95 and Linux. Install LILO not in the MBR, but in the root of your Linux partition. Add your partition to SC and you'll be able to boot.

Good luck,
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how do i dual boot with system commander? what version? thanks.
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I succesfully tried dual booting a while ago with SC 3.0; I'm not 100% sure how I did it, but I can always try to reconstruct it:

1. Install LILO on your boot sector of the Linux root partition (I believe that should be done by typing: /sbin/lilo /dev/<partitionname (ie. hda5)>). If you've got liloconfig or liloconfig-color, you should run one of those.

2. Reboot your system and enter SC's configuration screen. Add the partition manually and you'll be able to boot Linux as well.

Remember you shouldn't have LILO in your MBR to boot SC! If you're able to boot Linux, you can delete your DOS boot options (if you have any) and set the boot delay to zero.

By the way, does your loadlin-batchfile function well?

If you need more information, please ask me
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yes it does but i need to configure it for a zip-drive and sound card, any hints? thanks

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It isn't very likely you have to include parameters for your sound card. I'll look for some info on your ZIP-drive. Is it the IDE, SCSI or parallel version?
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parrallel, thanks
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I believe the parallel version doesn't need parameters either. You should compile ZIP support as a module (called ppa; to check if it's already compiled with your kernel, type "insmod ppa") and add parameters if necessary.

You can find more information at: (or preferably use a mirror)
http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/HOWTO/mini/ZIP-Drive.html

But remember: Linux doesn't completely support multiple devices on one parallel port! I'm not too familiar with a ZIP drive, but please refer to the previous URL or just ask me for more information.
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