> This is a strange problem and I'm not even sure if this is the right
> newsgroup to post to. But here it is anyway...
> I created a batch file to launch Linux with loadlin. I then created a
> shortcut in Win98 to boot to MSDOS mode and launch the batch file.
> Well, everything worked fine for a little while. But the other evening
> I rebooted while in Linux and after the post tests Windows says (Windows
> is now going to launch your MSDOS based program)... and next thing I
> know...Linux is loaded again. What gives??? I've temporarily bypassed
> the problem by restoring my config.sys and autoexec.bat files with some
> backups. This seems like some sort of registry problem with Windows!
> Now I'm not sure if MSDOS is really loading correctly. Anyone have any
> Thanks for you help,
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> Before you buy.
I suspect that your shortcut launches a DOS mode session which is not
the same thing as cold booting the computer to DOS. It's more like
telling Windows 3.x/95/98 that one of the programs that it (Windows)
will be running simultaneously (along with Freecell or whatever) will be
to pretend that it's a computer that's just running DOS. Then you're
telling that program (the one pretending to be a computer runing DOS) to
pretend that it's a computer running Linux. When you reboot in Linux,
Win98, which is still running underneath everything, remembers that it
was running a "virtual computer" that was running DOS and that that
"virtual computer" (the one running DOS) was running a "virtual
computer" that was running Linux. What you probably need to do is shut
down Linux properly and then shut down the DOS session properly and then
shut down Win98 properly in order to "really" reboot.
In other words, you can boot to "real" DOS, or you can boot to Win98,
but only one at the time. If you're in Windows and ask for a DOS-based
program, it doesn't change over to running DOS instead of Windows, it
launches a "DOS" window. Apparently you were running Linux inside of
that DOS window (which I didn't know could be done but now I'll have to
try it--when I tried to get Win95 to run WIndows 3.1 inside a DOS
window, it was not amused.