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  1. #1
    Shroeder
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    Default Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    Wow, this actually works. I have one query however:

    When I now boot up (to default - first partition) the boot up process through windows splash screen takes ages! - Any ideas?

    (To answer you'll need to know what I did - so here goes)

    I had:
    Partition 1 (P1) win98se 3gig (fat32) - Primary
    P2 Extended 6 gig
    P3 Data 4 gig (Fat32) - Logical
    P4 Empty 2 gig (Fat 32) - Logical
    Balance of drive 4 gig empty awaiting copy of Linux Debian distro.

    Using *Parted*
    I deleted P1 & P4,
    Non-destructively moved and resized P2 & P4
    Added 2 new primary partitions to hold win98se each.

    Giving me:

    P1 Primary (Boot, LBA) - 3 gig
    P2 primary (LBA, Hidden) - 5 gig
    P3 Extended - 5 gig
    P4 Data - Logical - 5 gig

    Then:

    Used boot disk, formatted P1 and loaded win98se (called it Office)

    Used Parted made P1 (LBA, Hidden), and P2 (LBA, Boot)

    Used boot disk, formatted P2 and loaded win98se (called it Games)

    Used Parted made P1 (Boot, LBA) and P2 (LBA)

    Booted in Dos only (used Ctrl key at start up)

    Installed XOSL off floppy

    Installed XOSL into C: (This bit I wasn't sure about! but I hadn't set up a separate dedicated dos partition for it)

    Booted up as normal and am able to boot to either OS satisfactorily

    Interestingly when I boot to P1 (Office) and look at *My Computer* this is what I see:

    C: Office
    D: Data
    E: Games

    but when I boot into P2 (Games) I see

    C: Games
    D: Data
    E: Office

    Is this part of the reason that boot up takes so long (ie it is making changes about locations??? or something)

    TIA

  2. #2
    NathanTheKind
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    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    What is happening whne the Splash screens are up. Press Esc to see what is happening behind them

  3. #3
    Shroeder
    Guest

    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    Good thinking Thanks

    I'll report back in due course.

  4. #4
    JohnD
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    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    Just a small point - there are only two types of partition that you can write data to - primary and logical. The extended partition is just a "place holder" for the logical partitions.

  5. #5
    Shroeder
    Guest

    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    Thanks John. I was aware of that but wanted to be thorough with my description

    I'm now pretty sure its not xosl that's slowing things down as it boots quickly enough onto my *games* OS (which I haven't loaded any drivers or programmes onto yet)

    But I'm not sure how to work out what is slowing things up (it occurs after NAV has scanned boot and the three other bits it scans)

    There is simply a C: at the bottom of the screen and a blinking cursor _ at the top left (With detail on NAV scan and some IRQ's listed in between)

    Any bright ideas (all drivers say they are working properly)???

    TIA

  6. #6
    NathanTheKind
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    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    It could be NAV that is your problem. Have you tried turning it off. What version of NAV do you have? if you have a modern one it should be scanning all the time and so you don't need to scan on boot up


  7. #7
    loser
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    Default Re: Multi Booting Win98 & Win98 (progress score!)

    >Interestingly when I boot to P1 (Office) and look at *My Computer* this is what I see:

    C: Office
    D: Data
    E: Games

    but when I boot into P2 (Games) I see

    C: Games
    D: Data
    E: Office

    Is this part of the reason that boot up takes so long (ie it is making changes about locations??? or something)

    shouldn't affect boot time, but...
    can i suggest that you use xosl to set each primary partition to hidden when you boot to the other? (ie when booting games, office should be hidden, and vice versa). I have a similar boot to you. Apparently win98 does not support multiple visible primary partition, and data corruption can occur... better to be safe than sorry.
    also if you games os is just for games, you might want to run 98lite on it. you can rip IE and a whole lotta other junk out of win, get better performance on games....

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