Cannot get the boot option in dual booting ( Windows 2003 with Linux Ent)

By Gary Singh
Feb 11, 2005
  1. :confused: I have installed windows 2003 server and installed Linux Enterprise. Well...somehow I am not getting any dual booting option where I can select an OS to load. By default my system is loading windows 2003......

    Here is some configuration settings.

    I have single hard drive

    Main primary partition indtalled with 2003
    Second Partition installed with Linux Enterprise (V 3)

    I have selected LILO option during linux installation.

    Any help...or Idea what needs to be changed to get boot option prompt.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    In which order have you installed the Operating Systems ?
  3. Gary Singh

    Gary Singh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    First partition 10GB with 2003 then installed Linux on ohter partition.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +6

    Install lilo to boot sector of / linux partition.

    Then, take a snapshot of the bootsector, into a file, with this command:

    dd if=/dev/hda3 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

    where hda3 is your /.

    Now, copy bootsect.lin created by the above command to c:\

    now, open boot.ini in c:\ , and append this line to the end of the file:


    Save and reboot.
  5. Gary Singh

    Gary Singh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I understand but I cannot boot from Linux so where to get this snapshoot or type this command.
    Well, is there any way I can go into Linux (thorugh floppy, CD and run this command)

    Note I have not created any bootable disk and etc.

    So please advice.
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Taken from Booting error @
  7. Gary Singh

    Gary Singh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am not getting anywhere... I did boot from Linux rescue CD and I am promt # so tell me what command I should type to get snapshoot on the floppy.....Sorry for the inconvienent.

    Hey hey.........finally it is working.........I just picked lilo to add into MBR insted of / partition....and it works

    Thank you ...
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