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Please help me in multibooting solaris 8 with preferreably windows 98. I have an 8.4 gb hard drive, 128 memory, p3 450 processor, intel 810 board. all hardware is compatible with solaris. i have successfully installed and run solaris as a single os. I went through the following excercise in order for multibooting solaris with win98. I installed win98 first so that win 98 boot loader could occupy the mbr. After this, I ran solaris installer and successfully partitioned my drive. after partitioninig, the solaris installer made the solaris partition active. when system rebooted, the solaris boot loader could not load properly. After this I made my fat16 partition active and win 98 started running. I have been through the very same excercise twice with same results.
Since win98 is running, so there is no question about wrong poartitioning. Please help me in this regard. If win98 can not go with solaris, then winnt is a second choice. i have also tried to set up winnt with solaris, but no luck. I have been through configuring linux, winnt, and 98 simultaneously so any technical details are more than welcome and can be understood well. thank you

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solaris 8 for intel  needs a small space at the beginning of the drive. the way to go is :

1. use pq magic to move your fat partition having a free space of about 20 MB at the  beginning of the drive

2. delete the non dos partition that you have

3. reinstall solaris and choose automatic setup if you don't know to much about it.

the result will be

free space at the beginning of the drive where solaris installs the boot loader

second partion with fat and windows 98

third partition ufs with solaris.


ps don't say no when it says to make your swap partion at the beginning of the drive ... it means at the beginning of the ufs partition.
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thanks linuxsil, i guess the idea should do well, cause i used to say no when the installer asked me to make the swap partition at the beginning, considering it would ruine my first partition. but now i understand that the swap partition happens to start at the first cylinder of the ufs partition and not of the disk.
thanks
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