Thanks for the reply but I don't think that I need to back up my Mbr of hda. If I really wreck it I can use the xp disk and fxmbr (or is it fixmbr, I forget) to re-write the mbr and then use one of my MEPIS cd's to re-install grub. I don't ever use windows and I do not need windows at all for myself but when I pass this computer down to my 5 1/2 year old son he will want to use xp to play his cd rom games. That's the only reason that xp in on my system. He dual boots xp and SimplyMEPIS 3.4.3 himself on a p3 930 Mhz, 512 Mb ram, dell gx150.
So I don't think that will have to back up the Mbr or does the install of dsl sometimes fry the Mbr?.
I read somewhere that the frugal install of dsl will put grub on the same partition as dsl is installed to. Is that true? How is frugal install different from the standard install of dsl ?
What do you do, while running the live disk, to start the installation process ?
How does grub go if you install dsl to a flash drive?
I don't really want a boot floppy. I'll lose it.
I am starting to think that it may be ok to let dsl install grub to the Mbr of hda and then just copy my current boot/grub/menu.lst to the dsl grub/menu.lst.
Then all I would have to do is install grub to root on the 3.4.3 install and add a line like this to dsl grub.
title 3.4.3 at hda7
Is that the way the chainloaded entries look in the dsl boot/grub/menu.lst ?
If it is then I should be able to edit all my other nine chainloaded systems into the dsl grub.
So I guess the question now is how do you start the install process and is the dsl installer difficult? Is it command lines ? Or is it like the knoppix installer? I have knoppix 5.1.1 installed too.
Thanks in advance for any help. Sorry to flood you with so many questions.