Install Win98 on /dev/sda4

Reinhold Rumberger rrumberger at web.de
Wed Feb 16 20:38:48 UTC 2011


On Mittwoch 16 Februar 2011, 21:05:25, Doug wrote:
> On 02/16/2011 08:55 AM, Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> > On Mittwoch 16 Februar 2011, 10:36:29, Waleed Hamra wrote:
> >> On 02/16/2011 09:29 AM, Jerry Lapham wrote:
> >>> I had a Win98 install disk and 36GiB of free space at the end of my HD,
> >>> so I formatted it as FAT32 and it became /dev/sda4.
> >>> 
> >>> When I booted from the Win98 install disk it said DriveC wasn't the
> >>> right format and wouldn't let me install without formatting it.  How
> >>> can I point it to /dev/sda4?
> > 
> > I'm pretty sure it can't be done easily. Win9x wants to be installed to
> > sda1. You can try to use grub to swap sda1 and sda4 (basically so that
> > Win98 sees sda4 as sda1). However, that needs to be done for the install
> > CD, too, and I don't know how to do that.
> > 
> >> this has to do with Windows 98 wanting the boot partition (the active
> >> partition) to be setup for booting this sda4 partition.
> >> is sda4 primary or logical?
> > 
> > sda1-4 are primary - always! (have a look at how the kernel numbers
> > primary vs. logical partitions)
> 
> I seem to remember that fdisk allows you to mark one partition as
> "bootable"--
> have you marked sda4 so? --doug

Apart from the fact that I'm not marking anything, the installer will do that 
for you, no need to do that before you get Win98 installed...

  --Reinhold



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