> I've got a big problem:
> I must install a fake NT on my Linuxbox. I'm running now OS/2 and >Linux...
I happen to have the same configuration up and running.
There are two important things to keep in mind. First,
All Microsoft operating systems must start from the first
primary partition from the first master hard drive. Microsoft
makes it -look- like NT is starting from some other drive,
but even if NT is installed on drive Q, it still starts from
C, which contains its booting info (incuding BOOT.INI). In
practical terms, this means that C must be FAT or NTFS and
contain a Microsoft operating system.
Second, the system automatically boots from whatever
primary partition is set as "active" from fdisk. When
Boot Manager is the active partition, the system boots
to it first and then Boot Manger lets you decide where
to go next. When you install Win95 or NT on a system that
already has Boot Manager, the installation program will tell
you that Boot Manager is incompatible with the OS you're installing
and proceed to disable it by changing the active partition.
The "incompatibility" message is, of course, a blatant lie.
(It reminds me of the cute message in the MS-DOS 6.x install
program that asks you if you want to "upgrade" from OS/2 to
MS-DOS.) To restore boot manager, you only have to go back
into fdisk and make it the active partition again.
Here is a complete plan for setting up a system
with 4 operating systems (OS/2,Win95,WinNT,Linux):
1) Install OS/2 first. From OS/2's FDisk, create three
partitions: Boot Manger, primary, extended. Leave yourself
enough free space at the end for your type 82 and 83 Linux
partitions, but don't actually make those partitions here.
Divide your extended partition into at least two logical
drives, one for NT and one for OS/2.
2) Install Windows 95 on the primary partition.
3) Install Windows NT on the first logical drive.
4) Install Linux. During the install process, use
the Linux fdisk to create your linux partitions and
set the OS/2 boot manager partition to active.
5) This step is the fancy maneuver. Reboot the machine. From
boot manager, select OS/2. Use OS/2's FDisk to add two
partitions to the boot manager menu: 1) The partition
which contains Win95. Call it "Win95/NT" or something of
that sort. 2) The type 82 Linux partition.
When you reboot and use Boot Manager to select Win95/NT,
you'll get NT's operating system loader which will let
you select NT or Win95.
You could, of course, use the same general technique to
create a 3 operating system machine (WinNT, OS/2, Linux).
Just install NT on the first primary partition (where we
installed Win95 in the example above).