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hey, im having a problem with my harddisk, when i install linux mandrake 6.0 on my 2nd harddisk, cuz my 1st is used for win98, it stops in teh middle of formating and says can not find mount point.... I also noticed if i take teh win98 harddisk off and use the 2nd harddisk as a master, it installs fully...
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This will probably NOT work on the first try.  It is just a guess, I've never done this before.  BACKUP everything on the Win98 drive, and don't hold me responsible.

Keep the Win98 drive out of the pc.  Install Mandrake.  Make sure you make one of those emergency boot disks.  hda<x> will refer to the Win98 drive, and hda<x1> will refer to the Linux drive.

While you still have the Windows drive out, do the following:
1. Boot to Mandrake.
2. Using your favorite text editor, open /etc/lilo.conf for editing.
3. look for the section titled "#Start LILO global section"
4. Change the boot parameter to whatever hda<x> your Win98 drive usually is.  Possibly hda1.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the global section.
6. Add the following:
"# DOS bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hda<x>
label = DOS
table = /dev/hda
# DOS bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda<x1>
label = Linux
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends"

Save the file.  Shutdown the pc.  Put the Win98 drive back in.  Turn the pc on.  You "should" be presented with a prompt for DOS or Linux as LILO starts.  Type DOS to boot to Win98, and Linux to boot to Linux.

I hope this works.  Keep me posted.
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by:owld
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Hmm, but lilo.conf is only configuration
file. You must write mbr to drive by #lilo command.
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by:owld
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But, only if you set WIN98 hdrive as PRIMARY MASTER drive you can't load from
SECONDARY MASTER ( with Mandrake and lilo loader saved before). Only if you set in bios load sequnce as ( D:,C:,A:) you will can.
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by:jamesketterman
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    I have just run into a similar problem with installing Linux Mandrake on 2 drives.  The first being is with a partitioning problem with using fdisk from Win 98 startup. It did not allow me to create and use the 2nd drive in a logical partition under an extended dos partition.  To get around this problem I used Partition Magic 5.0 software as it allows me to create as many logical partitions under 1 extended partition, for both Windows and Linux.  I have installed computers with the dual boot method for both 1 and 2 drives. Be sure that you did not create another primary partition on the second drive.  My second drive is both logical partitions and I have had no problems.      
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by:friebele
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You can install linux on a second drive, however, it must be on the primary ide (hda or hdb). Set up your hard drive as the primary slave (ie hdb).
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