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Dual Boot OS troubles

By tchanssen ·
I have Linux on my stand alone PC, I want to load Windows Server 2003. Then have the dual boot OS option. Either Linux or Server. My OS now is Linux, I can't get Server to boot from a CD at start up. It just goes on to the Linux OS. What to do?

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Bios

by thedrummer2006 In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

Did you check your bios and make sure your cd-rom is set to boot before the hard disk? Also make sure your bios is not set to quick boot becuse I have seen some mobos where you will never see the cd-boot option prompt due to the quick boot.

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try

by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

Ihad this problem myself,and to get rid of that stupid boot options menu ,you have to go into the bios and set the bios options to minimum and then boot from cd.Check if the cd rom is set to boot in the bios options as well.

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Win2k3 is greedy

by Macgyver.Hicks In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

I tried running Win2K3 server as a dual boot. When you do get the install going, it will want the entire drive. It will not install on a partition. Make sure you back up any data from your linux. To dual boot, you will have to reinstall linux after you install Win2K3 creating and resizing the partitions.

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Boot disk

by Mad-H In reply to Win2k3 is greedy

Have a search around - I found a utility for creating a linux CD boot disk for older machines that can't boot directly from CD. I think it was FreeDOS

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Check your Win2K3 CD

by bhatnagar_nitin In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

I assume that you installed Linux using Linux CD, right ! That means, you did boot your computer from a Linux CD and all worked well. This clarifies that your BIOS options for booting from the IDE drives are correct viz. first one is set to boot from CD. Therefore, the only point remaining in not booting Win2K3 from the CD is that either CD is corrupt or the CD is not made as bootable. Try checking you Win2K3 CD.

If that is not the case, I suggest you to follow the install sequence which I always do when having dual boots.
1) First install Win2K3 OS on your C: drive having set it to be partitioned(C: and D:).
2) Next install Linux in a different partition and it will automatically add the LILO prompt(dual boot option) to your MBR prompting you to boot into one of the OSs.

Also, as earlier pointed out but by somebody in this thread that Win2K3 is greedy and takes all of your drive(C:), no matter you partition it into different drives; then in that case next best option to follow is: 1) Install Win2K3 and then re-partition and resize it into smaller drives(C: and D:) using Partition Magic software. It's a pretty good sofware to partition your drives in the realtime(You can actually re-partition while windows is running).
2) Next install Linux in the newly created partition using Linux CD. Offcourse you need to convert that partition into Linux File System.

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I don't know

by stuoutlaw1 In reply to Check your Win2K3 CD

I don't know what you guys do but I have had no problems making W2K3 run on a smaller partition that I have had it create itself when installing on a large HDD I've installed it on as small as 10gb of an 80gb drive with a dual boot to XP or whatever I have wanted to put on it even long after setting up Server this should not be that hard

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More Info Needed, But .... Check/Try ...

by canopic@clear In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

I do a lot of dual booting and installations from CD/DVD drives, and have discovered a lot of anomolies ...
First, does your CD/DVD drive boot other disks such as LIVE CD and LIVE DVD linux Distros?
If your answer to this is yes, then it must surely just be your WS2003 disk(s)
Is WS2003 on CDs or DVDs?
I have seen DVD readers that will boot DVDs but not CDs. [The opposite situation would not surprise me either].
If nothing boots from this drive then:
a) Check your BIOS settings which I am sure you have done.
b) Check if your Drive is setup as a Master or a Slave. Some drives only boot if they are setup as Master.
c) Check the internet to see if there is an update for your Flash Bios.
I have other thoughts - but you should work through these ones first.
I run systems with up to 22 partitions on a drive and boot into up to 12 operating systems off a given hard disk. I have tried grub, lilo, Paragon BM, the Windows BootMgr and many others. Mostly I am back to using grub as the most convenient, especially if you change your systems a lot.

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reset to the cd in bios

by rwe9 In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

Dear Sir:

are you trying to run linux from a CD, which in this case seems to be the easiest. Most Linux install cd disks will boot and just run linux, and not install onto your hard drive. Or will install onto a hard drive partition, if you choose this option. Why not just run from the cd, and forget the Hdrive install.

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In the bios reset the boot disk to the cd

by rwe9 In reply to Dual Boot OS troubles

Dear Sir:

are you trying to run linux from a CD, which in this case seems to be the easiest. Most Linux install cd disks will boot and just run linux, and not install onto your hard drive. Or will install onto a hard drive partition, if you choose this option. Why not just run from the cd, and forget the Hdrive install.

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My Drive Selector Switch

by howdougd In reply to In the bios reset the boo ...

I have Ubuntu Linux on one drive and Windows on another. My Hard Drive Selector Switch determines which drive I boot, no problems. To make a switch see my diagrams at

http://www.imhdd.ms11.net/

A link to the switch is near the top on my Home Page.

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