[syslinux] Windows on IDE, Linux on SCSI, bad BIOs can syslinux help?

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Sat May 13 12:43:51 PDT 2006

Jago Pearce wrote:
> Hello to the list!
> Someone said I could use syslinux to get GRUB to boot SCSI and/or IDE.
> My problem is that I have Windows on IDE (XP) and Linux on SCSI
> (Ubuntu). When GRUB is on the SCSI drive it can't see the IDE drive,
> possibly because the BIOs doesn't support that. So I have to go into
> the BIOs and change the boot order on every O/S change.
> Will I just have the same problem as using GRUB?
> Any suggestions on how to get round this problem? Can I boot an O/S
> just to boot another?

This is what you could do with either SYSLINUX or GRUB:

Set up a small partition (50-100 MB or so) on your IDE disk, mount it as 
/boot on your Linux, and install either GRUB or SYSLINUX/EXTLINUX on it. 
  Then set your BIOS to boot from the IDE disk.


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