Install Win98 on /dev/sda4
rrumberger at web.de
Sun Feb 27 01:52:59 UTC 2011
On Samstag 26 Februar 2011, 23:32:27, Jerry Lapham wrote:
> On Sunday, February 20, 2011 08:28:44 pm Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> > On Montag 21 Februar 2011, 01:27:24, Jerry Lapham wrote:
> > > On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 08:55:09 am Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> > > > > > 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.
> > >
> > > Does the Win98 install CD use the existing partition table in the
> > > master boot record? Would it use the first entry there as Drive C?
> > Yes.
> > > If so,
> > > swappng the bytes from the fourth entry and those from the first entry
> > > ought to do it, correct?
> > That seems pretty much like what I wrote. Or at least what I was trying
> > to write... ;-)
> Well, the swap worked -- that is, Linux still boots and GParted now shows
> swap as sda4 and my new FAT32 partition as sda1.
I think it may be more relevant what fdisk says, but I assume that either
gparted uses fdisk or the both access the same table in the kernel, so this
may be a moot point.
> Unfortunately, the Windows installer still says DriveC isn't the right
> format. I decided to take a chance and let it format DriveC assuming
> DriveC = sda1 and it wouldn't touch my other partitions.
> The installer says there's a disk error and can't format DriveC. I'm
> guessing it doesn't like the fact that sda1 is sectors 411521040 thru
I'm not sure, but what is the max sector Win98 can address? Since I'm not sure
what you need Win98 for, but would installing it in a VM be an option? That
might save you some trouble and you wouldn't have to reboot all the time...
> Assuming this is correct, I'm thinking about swapping the partition table
> back and then sacrificing my Mandriva 2008.1 partition on sda2 by
> combining it with sda1 and creating a new swap. I assume this wouldn't
> cause a problem with the other Linux partition numbers since they are all
> Sound like it would work?
Logical partition numbers shouldn't be affected by any changes to the primary
partitions apart from - perhaps - the changes to the primary that houses them,
so this sounds like it may work.
Anyway I so wouldn't trust the Win98 installer, so you should definitely do a
backup first, including (at least) a copy of "sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda", so that
you can manually restore everything, should the installer break it.
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