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  1. #1
    Linux User PsypherPunk's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Leeds, UK

    Grub & Windows 98

    i've got a spare partition (hdb9) which i'm hoping to install Windows 98 on. This is the setup i'm going to try out shortly (i'd previously tried it without the 'map' entries which didn't work):

    title Windows 98
            map (hd0,0) (hd1,8)
            map (hd1,8) (hd0,0)
            rootnoverify (hd1,8)
            chainloader +1
    However, do i need to 'hide' any of the other partitions? hda1 and hda2 are NTFS and FAT32 Windows partitions respectively.
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    Linux Engineer Nerderello's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    North East England
    what you're doing is "fooling" uncle bills pride and joy that it lives on the first hard disk (/dev/hda whatever or (hd0,whatever)). You see, windows demands that it be on the first hard disk . I think it can cope with not being on the first partition, but it demands the first hard disk (can't remember if I've had it on a non-number 1 partition, but I think it copes with it).

    Here's a copy of my grub.conf
    title Fedora Core (2.6.12-1.1398_FC4)
            root (hd0,0)
            kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.12-1.1398_FC4 ro root=LABEL=/1 hda=38792,16,63 selinux=1
            initrd /initrd-2.6.12-1.1398_FC4.img
    title SUSE LINUX 10.0
        root (hd0,4)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 vga=0x31a selinux=0    resume=/dev/hda3  splash=silent showopts
        initrd /boot/initrd
    title Windoze 98 se
            map (hd0) (hd1)
            map (hd1) (hd0)
            rootnoverify (hd1,0)
            chainloader +1
    title Fedora Core (2.6.12-1.1398_FC4)  without selinux
            root (hd0,0)
            kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.12-1.1398_FC4 ro root=LABEL=/1 hda=38792,16,63 selinux=0
            initrd /initrd-2.6.12-1.1398_FC4.img
    As you can see, Win98se lives on my second hard disk.

    have fun


    ps. no, you don't have to hide any other pertitions, but you may find that win98 will ask you if you want to format them (answer NO) if you try and access a non-microsoft partition.
    Last edited by Nerderello; 03-07-2006 at 05:47 PM.

    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

  3. #3
    Mine also has the hide function to get it to work for XP (i guess it's the same for win 98 ):
    title Windows XP
    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    unhide (hd1,0)
    hide (hd0,0)
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    chainloader +1
    /edit: a couple links to help you on your way:
    Now what? You have Linux installed and running. The GUI is working fine, but you are getting tired of changing your desktop themes. You keep seeing this "terminal" thing. Don't worry, they'll show you what to do @
    <~ ~>

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