>: No, not in any meaningful sense. The simplest solution is to put Lilo on
>: the master boot record of the drive and on bootup you can choose whether
>: to boot Linux or Win95.
>This is a road to insanity, especially when your other OS is NT,
I have had good success with this method and NT. I haven't used
any recent version of NT however, so perhaps Microsoft has
introduced some new "features" to*up everyting else in
Quote:>as witnessed by a steady stream of questions "how I can remove lilo
Well there is the steady stream of answers: fdisk /mbr
This can also be done from Linux, though I forget the exact syntax
(look up at deja.com)
Quote:>The simplest asnwer is "by not putting it there in the
>first place". There are very infrequent situations when lilo __has__
>to go on MBR and if you have one disk then you are __sure__ that you do
>not need that. And if can avoid that (i.e. most of time) then
For a lot of people the MBR solution is often the simplest and least
trouble free overall.
Quote:>Instead you want your lilo on a boot sector of a Linux partition which
>you make active. This will boot Linux and '98 and many others. If your
>Linux partitions are subpartitions of an "extended" partition then a
>start of this extended one is also a good place for a lilo boot sector;
>some BIOSes may prefer that.
I have had bad experiences with this and Win95 OSR2.x With that OS,
the included fdisk only wants to make one primary partition and if
you want to allow Win95 to use a second partition that is a sub-partition
of the extended partition then it seems to cough up a hairball when Lilo is
at the start of the extended partition, and it refuses to work with
the second partition.
Quote:>If your "other OS" happens to be NT then putting lilo on MBR will assure
>you a fun time. NT writes a "signature" there and will refuse to talk
>to you if you overwrote it.
Is this a new Microsoft "feature"? It was previously the case that if
you installed Win9x and then NT, the boot loaded for NT would get put
inside of the first partition to handle the choice of Win9x or NT,
and then putting Lilo on the MBR afterwards worked just fine with
Quote:>Also "service packs" and other "upgrades"
>from M$ will overwrite MBR regardless what was there before and you
>will be searching for your boot floppies to get your Linux back.
Then you mount the Linux partition, say under /mnt, and run
to restore things.