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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: win98/win2k dual boot install problems

    win98/win2k dual boot install problems
    By upinya July 02, 2001, 08:52 AM

    Dammit to hell. Ok. Big problems.

    I've got win98 SE running no problem, i use partition magic to create another partition for win2k, cause i want to experiment with hardware configs in win2k before erasing my existing OS. I successfully dual booted with a machine at my work without a hitch, so i figured it would be as easy as that at home.

    So...

    I run the win2k install and direct the install on the partition i created for it, and it runs through its spiel (loading of drivers into ram, inspect hardware, loading setup files, reboot).

    Now, when the machine reboots, it flies through the OS chooser and goes right into win2k. i do not even get to choose win98. win2k setup starts up normally and gets to the "windows 2000 is now detecting your devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.). your screen may flicker..." The progress bar gets about halfway through, after one flicker on the screen, and stays that way. I been staring at that screen for hours now.

    Things i've tried:
    >starting up with a boot disk into DOS. C\windows. type "win" to start win98. i get a blue screen that says "blah blah blah system halted". no such luck.
    >repairing the win2k install. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.
    >advanced win2k startup options. tried safe mode. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.

    I'm wondering a few things.. Of course, what the hell is happening during this install? Also, what sort of things are changed in your directories to allow two operating systems to reside on the same computer? What are feasible ways out of this win2k install mess to return to the existing win98 OS? Thanks a bunch.

    By luar July 02, 2001, 02:12 PM

    Dude:

    Not rub salt in your wounds but I gave up on dual boots (and triple boots w/ Linux) a long time ago. There was just way too many things that could easily go wrong.

    Save your money and get yourself a removable/swappable hard drive unit. It is by far the best investment you will ever make on your PC, especially if you are a geek that loves to experiment with different OS's.

    Good luck to you

    By machiavelli July 02, 2001, 10:34 PM

    I would start all over again I have a dual boot with win 98 and win 2k and I get 30 sec. to choose what OS I want. I used FDISK to dual boot my computer try using it and see what happens, just remember to back up your data. I put together a tutorial on my homepage on how to do this that you may want to look at
    http://www.geocities.com/jeffhomepage2001/dualboot.html

    hope it helps
    Good Luck

    By slydog July 03, 2001, 01:09 AM

    Your problem is with Partition Magic.. dotn use it... I would suggest you start over and make your partition(s) (atleast 1 for 98 and the rest unallocated) in DOS then install 98 then Win2K (and in the setup you can make your other partitions)


    quote:Originally posted by upinya:
    Dammit to hell. Ok. Big problems.

    I've got win98 SE running no problem, i use partition magic to create another partition for win2k, cause i want to experiment with hardware configs in win2k before erasing my existing OS. I successfully dual booted with a machine at my work without a hitch, so i figured it would be as easy as that at home.

    So...

    I run the win2k install and direct the install on the partition i created for it, and it runs through its spiel (loading of drivers into ram, inspect hardware, loading setup files, reboot).

    Now, when the machine reboots, it flies through the OS chooser and goes right into win2k. i do not even get to choose win98. win2k setup starts up normally and gets to the "windows 2000 is now detecting your devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.). your screen may flicker..." The progress bar gets about halfway through, after one flicker on the screen, and stays that way. I been staring at that screen for hours now.

    Things i've tried:
    >starting up with a boot disk into DOS. C\windows. type "win" to start win98. i get a blue screen that says "blah blah blah system halted". no such luck.
    >repairing the win2k install. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.
    >advanced win2k startup options. tried safe mode. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.

    I'm wondering a few things.. Of course, what the hell is happening during this install? Also, what sort of things are changed in your directories to allow two operating systems to reside on the same computer? What are feasible ways out of this win2k install mess to return to the existing win98 OS? Thanks a bunch.

    By bigbear July 03, 2001, 02:52 PM

    Well, dual boot is not a big pain, ppl. I am running dual boot between Win2k and WinMe. The trick is which OS to be installed first. I do not rely on Win2k's boot manager, cos it is ugly. I use the bundled BootMagic, which comes from Partition Magic 5.01.
    It works fine, even would work for Linux.

    But something u have to know, Win2k can be installed on D Drive, E Drive, but there is always some files have to be resided on C Drive. So I always install Win2k on C Drive to keep everything clean, and then use boot magic to hide the partition. So the C Drive would be come invisible , and D Drive now has become the C Drive, and I can install Win98/Me now without any problem.


    BiGBeaR

    By matt_h July 04, 2001, 01:51 PM

    You may want to try this:

    In win2k goto my computer>properties

    select the advanced tab then click on the startup/recovery button

    change the "display a list of operating systems" time.

    hope that helped.

    By JDenis_007 July 04, 2001, 02:02 PM

    quote:Originally posted by slydog:
    Your problem is with Partition Magic.. dotn use it... I would suggest you start over and make your partition(s) (atleast 1 for 98 and the rest unallocated) in DOS then install 98 then Win2K (and in the setup you can make your other partitions)


    What is wrong with partition magic??? I used it to create my win98, win2k and linux partitions and everything works fine. I would definitely reccomand using it over fdisk to anyone.

    By EdtheROM July 04, 2001, 06:38 PM

    quote:Originally posted by upinya:
    Dammit to hell. Ok. Big problems.

    I've got win98 SE running no problem, i use partition magic to create another partition for win2k, cause i want to experiment with hardware configs in win2k before erasing my existing OS. I successfully dual booted with a machine at my work without a hitch, so i figured it would be as easy as that at home.

    So...

    I run the win2k install and direct the install on the partition i created for it, and it runs through its spiel (loading of drivers into ram, inspect hardware, loading setup files, reboot).

    Now, when the machine reboots, it flies through the OS chooser and goes right into win2k. i do not even get to choose win98. win2k setup starts up normally and gets to the "windows 2000 is now detecting your devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.). your screen may flicker..." The progress bar gets about halfway through, after one flicker on the screen, and stays that way. I been staring at that screen for hours now.

    Things i've tried:
    >starting up with a boot disk into DOS. C\windows. type "win" to start win98. i get a blue screen that says "blah blah blah system halted". no such luck.
    >repairing the win2k install. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.
    >advanced win2k startup options. tried safe mode. gets as far halfway through the progress bar, then quits as above.

    I'm wondering a few things.. Of course, what the hell is happening during this install? Also, what sort of things are changed in your directories to allow two operating systems to reside on the same computer? What are feasible ways out of this win2k install mess to return to the existing win98 OS? Thanks a bunch.

    *****

    Your screen may be flying by because your timeout is set to "0"... edit boot.ini if you can't get to a W2K screen.

    Partition magic [I have 6] doesn't work as reliably with NT/2K as it does 9X, but it should work in this case. I only use it for 9X

    Have you checked the HCL [hardware compatibility list] for your equipment?? 2K is pretty good, but all the NT versions are pretty sensitive to hardware. I have a floppy that will not let NT install... can't figure out why... works with 9X...

    NT reboots a couple of times on install until it's finished, so when you get a W2K screen, you can change bootup time, default os, reboot actions, etc...

    That "...blah, blah, blah..." is pretty important sometimes to figure out what's going on.

    My first bet would be a hardware incompatibility, but it could be a number of other things.

    FWIW

    -ed-


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