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How to multiboot?

Hi!

I'm having trouble with multiboot. I've installed Windows XP Home in one partition (C:\) and FreeDOS in another partition (D:\). But when my PC starts, it boots Windows automatically, and I want to be able to choose which system to boot. I know that is possible with some software (I would like some free one), I just don't know exactly how to do it.

Can you help me?

Thanks!
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HyMaX_2003
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Edit the Boot.ini file

You can view the contents of the boot.ini file by

Start > Run > type msconfig {enter}

And select the boot.ini tab

To manually edit the boot.ini

Right click “My Computer” select Properties > Advanced >  On the startup and recovery section click settings.

You can change the default operating system here or delete one you don’t want.

If you click the “Edit” button you can manually edit the boot.ini file.


This is a line from a boot.ini that launches XP Home
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

To understand what all that means, look here.
http://www.goodells.net/multiboot/editbini.htm

***Further reading***

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/cook/dualboot.htm
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1268/

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HyMaX_2003Author Commented:
Ok, so I need to edit the boot.ini file. I found it and I can edit it, but I have no clue of what to do! Do you have any idea?
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al-hasanCommented:
"...no clue of what to do..."

You can try to add this line:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\FDIMAGE.BIN="my free DOS"
to the boot.ini

FDIMAGE.BIN must be on your D: partition.

Regards,
has.
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HyMaX_2003Author Commented:
Ok, I created the FDIMAGE.BIN file using the FreeDOS boot disk (command: sys a: c: fdimage.bin - strange the use of c: but it creates the file in d:) and added the line to boot.ini

But when I select 'my free DOS' from the boot list, it says there's a problem with hal.dll

Now what? :p
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HyMaX_2003Author Commented:
Ok, solved that on my own...

Problem solved, I got the multi boot working perfectly :)

How can I split the points? I don't find a 'split' button :(

In the help of EE it says "You split the points. Scroll down to the bottom of the question and click the "Split Points" link at the bottom of the page." I don't find that!!
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HyMaX_2003Author Commented:
Nevermind...

"One note: the total points of the splits must equal the amount you asked the question for itself, and no person can receive fewer than 20 points."

So I increased to 40 so everyone will be happy :)

Thanks for your help
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al-hasanCommented:
HyMaX_2003: thank you. Pete should have gotten the points - he gave you the decive clues, I jumped just in as he seemed to have finished the day, and I was around a bit longer. Thought you would like to continue... and not wait another day ;-)

Regards,
has.
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
ThanQ :)
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HyMaX_2003Author Commented:
Well, but you both helped me a lot, so I thought it was fair to split... Thanks anyway, I'm very happy now with my multi-OS computer :)
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al-hasanCommented:
HyMaX_2003: thanks, thanks to Pete too. Pete did the work, to be sure, and I just helped out a bit while he relaxed. I read many of Pete's posts, and I must say I like to learn from him.

Regards,
has.

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