won't boot dos partition

won't boot dos partition

Post by Matt Bant » Mon, 12 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I installed linux from a 6-cd set from infomagic. It is red hat 3.0.3 and
installs kernel 1.2.13. I am installing it on a pentium-75 that is less
than a month old. I have a 340meg and a 1.6gig ide hd. I put linux on the
340 (dev/hda) and kept dos on the 1.6 (dev/hdb). Linux boots off of the
340 just duckly. But for some reason it won't boot the dos disk. If I
take the 340 out and switch the 1.6 to the master ide than it boots just
fine. My bios accepts large ide hard drives so there isn't any software
on the 1.6 that would cause linux to act screwy.

Any help you could give me would be appreciated.

Thanks for your time...

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