Linux setup -- dual boot with Dos, Debian Linux, and Win2k Pro Svpk IV
Posted on 2005-03-27
I have been running Win2k and Dos for awhile and attempted to install Debian Linux. After the install, i get a lot of problems. The Linux boot menus give me three options: 1) Linux, 2) other drive, and 3) Windows.
The Windows option in the Linux boot menu won't work. The other Drive option will work, but it takes forever to boot to Win2k. After booting into Win2k, My Computer won't show anything and the file saving routine appears to be dysfunctional in Win2k. I have been able to get around the dysfunctional file saving routine, but it is very slow and tedious.
On this website I found another person with a very similar problem as me, except that he was trying to dual boot with Red Hat. One of the comments posted was that a person would copy the master boot record from Linux into Windows, but I wasn't able to get in contact with the person who posted this message.
I was just advised by someone that Linux should always be installed first before attempting to install Win2k because Win2k will overwrite the MBR. My question is there a way to still install Linux if Win2k and dos are already installed? What do I need to do to clean this thing up. I have changed the primary boot drive a couple of times from Dos to Linux and back to Dos. Do I need to fdisk /mbr? Or can I copy the MBR somewhere? Dos and Win2k were installed on my computer before Debian Linux was installed.
I am getting a daisy chained Linux boot menu and Win2k boot menu when I select the second option "other drives" in the Debian Linux boot menu. Can dos, linux, and win2k all be run on the same computer? Or do I need to sacrifice dos? Win2k does require that dos is the primary boot drive if Win2k is installed and run as a dual boot.