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BeOS for Intel
Hardware Requirements


How do I boot the BeOS? How do I have 2 or more operating systems on my computer?

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BeOS for Intel:
Hardware Requirements
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BeOS, Intel, Hardware, Requirements, partition, boot, load, System Commander
The BeOS Installer uses a boot loader on a floppy disk to load itself and boot from the CD, and will install the BeOS onto a bootable hard disk partition. An installed copy of the BeOS can be booted in any of several supported ways:

  1. Using the BeOS boot floppy disk included with the BeOS for Intel. Just stick it in, reboot your system off the floppy, and voilà. The boot floppy can boot the BeOS from your hard drive, even if you have more than one operating system on the drive.

  2. Using the included Windows application "BeOS Launcher" (which is really just "loadlin" hacked up a bit) to boot the BeOS from Windows. The Windows BeOS Launcher behaves just like it does on the Mac, shutting down Windows properly, etc.

  3. Using a boot manager to choose the BeOS from the list of operating systems installed on your hard drive(s). This option gives you the most flexibility, and is the ideal way to boot the BeOS.

    Be provides a basic boot manager with the BeOS. You can find the shell script which installs it in the /optional/experimental/scripts folder.

    You can also boot the BeOS using commercial boot managers, such as System Commander, the boot manager that comes with PartitionMagic, or the Windows NT boot manager.

    The BeOS is also compatible with LILO, the Linux Loader, so you can use that as well (though we won't provide support for LILO; we assume if you're using it, you know what you're doing). You can find far more about LILO than you could ever possibly want to know in a recent Be Newsletter article, "Booting Variations For PC And LILO":


    At Be, we've successfully used the Be boot loader, LILO, the Windows NT loader, and System Commander, and we've received reports of other solutions that work fine for other people.

    System Commander is a particularly fine product, especially the Deluxe version. Version 4.01, shipping now, even provides specific support for the BeOS, correctly identifying BeOS volumes (earlier versions still work, they just don't identify Be volumes by name).

    If you have more than two operating systems on your system, it's probably the best solution available, and well worth purchasing. See the VCOM web site for more details:


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