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    SubjectRe: booting Linux from a dos box in win3.1
    On Mon, 2 Sep 1996, 0xdeadbeef wrote:

    > ... basically, i need to know
    > if it's at all possible to boot Linux from a Windows 3.1 DOS box without
    > exiting Windows.

    Without 'exiting Windows': NO !

    The DOS-Box runs in VM86 mode, out of this you can't enter neither
    '_real_ realmode' nor 'ring0 protected mode'. Loadlin can overcome this
    restriction when a VCPI-Server is available: it first enters VCPI, then
    returns to realmode, then jumps back to arch/i386/boot/setup.S code.
    However, Windows (may be 3.1 or '95) don't supply a VCPI-Server,
    so any attempt to enter ring0 protected mode will be refused.

    > Another thing that would work (though this is really off-topic) would be
    > a program runnable from a DOS box that would kick the computer back to
    > DOS, in a stable enough state to use LOADLIN.

    I have been told the following:

    Under Windows'95 you can have a batch file containing a Loadlin
    commandline. If you link this to a clickable icon and set the
    properties to using native DOS, then clicking the icon will exit
    Windows'95 and boot Linux.


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