thanks for the reply. I will definately take a look. Being a newbie, there is so much to read and understand.
Each time I find a solution it just throughs up more questions.
This linux usb stick thing has been going round and round. All I really understood a few weeks back was that to dual boot my machine I needed lilo on the mbr of my windows harddisk to boot my mandriva hard drive.
Then the memorystick project ... DSL makes one large fat partition on 4 gb stick why? Enter fdisk ? enter sfdisk ? Got the partions sorted.
whys the partion need to be FAT 16 if im booting off bios? still aint got a clue on that one.
whys peoples tutorials always adding syslinux? whats syslinux? a boot loader.... enter mtools apparently theres some sort of syslinux dependency that needs mtools .... enter grub....whats wrong with lilo? Still dont see why I want a bootloader on pendrive...more reading.... mv syslinux.config to isolinux.config ....eh? and so it goes on.
Sure im learning loads of stuff. But when am I actually going to get on with something.