Getting OS/2's Boot Manager, eCS, and Windows XP
Professional 64 Bit Edition to Play Nice with SUSE Linux 10.1
by Tony Butka
OK, I admit it - I wind up with totally odd partitioning schemes.
I'd love to say that this is the case because I write articles on
OS/2, or that there is a plan, but the honest truth is that I'm a
relatively unstructured kind of guy and stuff just seems to happen.
With that cautionary note, let me explain a little about the
partitioning scheme on my almost new MSI/AMD 64x2 3800+ machine with
2 GB of RAM. After a number of fits, starts, and wipes, the
partitions now look like this:
||Win XP Pro
64 Bit OS
||ECS 2 Beta
now you know why I explained my partitioning scheme before I got up
the temerity to show it in all its glory. What happened is that I
originally got the system with an 80 GB Hitachi IDE drive to install
Windows Professional x64 Edition (knowing that it does not like to
play nice with other partitions/Operating Systems after the install),
and with a nice big 400 GB SATA drive for Data. Then once I had
that all going ok, I wanted to install eCS and got a good deal on a
Seagate 150 GB IDE drive. So next came eCS, then I installed SUSE
Linux 10.1 for the AMD x64 chipset. That proved to be a mistake,
because the SUSE installer automatically installs GRUB to the master
boot record of the first drive. Boom, bye bye Boot Manager. Somehow
in all the ensuing zapping and midnight madness, I wound up with Boot
Manager moving from the first partition of the second IDE drive, to
the end of the first IDE drive, but that's another story. For our
purposes, go figure.
by using DFSee to refresh the MBR on the first drive (NEWMBR 1 is the
actual command) I was able to get back my eCS partition, but at the
expense of not being able to boot SUSE Linux. Grrh! And when I
tried to do a SMP install of the new eCS 2.0 Beta, well... lets just
say that on this setup the 2.0 Beta of eCS does not like to install
using the JFS file system (even though I did want to try it out).
Fortunately the 2.0 Beta itself does install using HPFS, but alas so
far without SMP support (more on this in another article). So there
I was with my munged up system and no joy.
Linux installed and active, it picked up the OS/2 Boot Manager at the
end of the first IDE drive (with an INIT13 problem) and showed it in
GRUB, but if I tried to boot to BM it would hang. If I fixed the
INIT13 problem with a new boot record, GRUB went bye bye and no Linux,
although I could boot both eCS versions and Windows x64. Sigh...
enough whining, obviously I found a solution or I wouldn't be writing
this article, would I? Here's what worked for me, although there
may be a simpler and kinder solution out there. (Actually there is
one. Buy DFSee, and contact Jan Van Wyck to get it right the first
time). Otherwise, install Windows first (of course) and if it's XP
Service Pak 2, preferably on its own drive. Or, if you have to
shrink the drive like on a notebook, shrink the drive BEFORE you
actually start up XP and go through the initialization process.
Next, install Boot Manager & OS/2, and put Windows & OS/2 on
the Boot Manager menu. Then, install Linux - Mepis or Ubuntu
are the easiest, although on my 64 bit dual core system I like SUSE
10.1 a lot. Whichever version of Linux you install, by default they
all seem to use GRUB as the boot loader and put it in the master boot
record of the first hard drive by default.
now you can boot (probably) to Windows and Linux, since GRUB will
pick up both of these systems. Depending on where OS/2 Boot Manager
is located, it too may be picked up, but usually not. If Boot
Manager won't work, the trick is to boot to SUSE Linux, and then
startup YAST, the configuration tool. Give the root password, and go
to the Boot loader Configuration tool. From there, you will see a
tab for boot loader options. It will show GRUB as the boot loader,
and then give you a choice of either using the master boot record of
the first hard drive, or, the boot sector of the partition that your
SUSE linux is installed to. Choose this option (in my case it was
/dev/hdb3, save, and reboot. In other versions of Linux which don't
use YAST, there is an equivalent administration & configuration
you reboot, either use the DFSee boot disk, or boot to Windows and
run DFSee. From the command line, change the master boot record by
issuing the command
which will change the
master boot record keeping the partitioning scheme. Now, reboot and
you will see OS/2's Boot Manager come up nice and pretty! Use
DFSee to add your SUSE partition to Boot Manager. Or, of course, you can
also use eCS's LVM to do the same, but I like DFSee a lot as you may
have guessed. Either way you now have a triple booted system with
Linux, OS/2 and Windows all coexisting.
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