GRUB is a bootloader, like LiLO. It is not a system. It was installed to the M
) of your HDD when you installed RedHat on that drive. The fdisk /mbr should have removed it, but that is no help whatsoever, as there is no bootable partition on that HDD anyway (and even if there was, there's no OS to boot from).
This is why I believe that you are booting to HDD in your BIOS rather than from floppy (which is what you need to do)-- because GRUB is not on the floppy in any way, shape, or form, and if you're seeing anything relating to it, the system is reading the HDD, which it shouldn't be doing.
So please check your BIOS, usually accessed by hitting the 'Delete' key on the very first screen of the boot process (called the POST
), when you can see the PC detecting your hard drives and counting your memory. You often have to be quick-ish to access the BIOS before the option has moved on. Your computer may use a different key (usually if it's a branded PC, like Compaq or HP or something), and if so, there is often a message on the first POST screen telling you to use F10 or whatever the key might be. But Delete is standard.
Once in the BIOS, it's usually the second menu entry (sorry, offhand don't remember what it's called-- something like Advanced BIOS options, I think), which should allow you to change the boot order of devices. Even an old PC will allow you to change the setting to attempt to boot from the floppy before attempting to boot from the HDD; later machines also include the option to boot from CD or DVD, but your PC may be from before CD's even existed (given that it's a Pentium 1 PC), so you likely do not have that option, but you do need to boot from the floppy drive and not the HDD.
Once that is solved, digiot has indicated that there may be problems with the MuLinux boot floppy itself. That is something you'd have to investigate, once you actually attempt to boot the floppy and see what error message you get (and tell us what it is, or see if it's on the MuLinux FAQ that I linked to above).
If you want to try ZipSlack instead, it appears that:
1) you will need to install DOS (or Windows) on the HDD (according to this Slackware page
2) you will need a lot of floppies. Now, a box of 10 floppies is not expensive, and not hard to get, so the fact that you "don't have 40 floppies lying around" shouldn't be a big deal, but then again you don't say what is your location, so maybe it is a big deal. I don't know. But how many do you actually need? Let's find out.
GetZipSlack page on the Slackware site
, it says that you need the file ZIPSLACK.ZIP from the CD, and possibly the bootdisk.img file (which will take up one diskette for itself).
But of course, you can't get ZIPSLACK.ZIP from the CD; has Slackware broken it up to floppy-size on the mirrors
This is Slackware, so I'm betting they have. Again, I don't know where you're located, but as you can see, I'm in the Netherlands, so I'm going to check one of the mirrors in Holland.
Going to ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/os/Linux/dist...-9.1/zipslack/
shows me that you'd need 2 floppies so far; one for bootdisk.img, and one for the various tools (RAWRITE and fourmeg) if you need those, which you probably do. How much memory does this machine have, anyway?
It also shows me that ZIPSLACK.ZIP is like 41MB, so unless you have an Internet connection on this machine, you're out of luck for the all-in-one file... but... there's a directory here called "/split". Inside that directory are some files and a README, which says:
This is ZipSlack split into smaller Zip files that can fit on floppy disks.
These might be useful for installing on a laptop with only a floppy disk for
input, or to make downloading a little easier. To install, extract *all* of
the .zip files in C:\, D:\, or some other top-level DOS/Windows drive directory.
The archives will make their own C:\linux directory.
Then, just follow the usual ZipSlack directions to get it going.
I knew it
. I love Slack; they leave no one behind
There are 30 files, thus 30 floppies. So 4 boxes of floppies should do you, as you need 1 or two extra-- one to boot the PC, one with the tools if you are going to be making the bootdisk from a DOS partition and/or have only 4MB of RAM, as indicated on the GetZipSlack page
; and you'll have 8 left over for general usage.
I know it sounds like a big pain, but please keep in mind that this is a very
old machine, and the only thing that's going to install with ease on it is DOS and Windows 3.1 (which also came on floppies iirc). If you don't have a CD-ROM drive in that machine, even Windows 95 would be a chore. But when you're done, you have a full, current Slackware install
, which is far and away better than the DOS/Windows versions that you could easily slap on there.
Hope this helps.