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  Author  Subject: Using boot.ini to Load Linux

Posted on 10-20-2004 10:05 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Corvus Elrod

This question came up at the last meeting and a lot of good advice was given.
However, this seems to be a cleaner (i.e. no third party tools) method of
achieving the goal of having the NT Boot Loader fire off a Linux partition.

Run the following command under Linux to copy the first sector of your Linux
partition to a file of your choosing:

dd if=/dev/hdxy of=/path/and/linux.bin bs=512 count=1

(with x=device-number and y=partition-number where your boot-loader

Drop the resulting file (this example uses linux.bin) into the root of your
Windows partition.

Add the following line to boot.ini:

c:linux.bin="Linux" /fastdetect

...and Voila! boot your Linux partition from the Windows boot loader.

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