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Old 08-04-2003, 02:54 PM   #1
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bootloader floppy


how can i put a bootloader on a floppy?
dont care which one, i just want to stick a floppy in and have it boot up my linux system.

i have 'issues' with my main drive so the MBR doesnt get written to by the bootloader when its being installed.

so i want it on a floppy to boot up that way.

hda = windows
hdc = linux
 
Old 08-04-2003, 02:57 PM   #2
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Take a look at GRUB, it can do exactly what you ask.

Regards
 
Old 08-05-2003, 01:57 AM   #3
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I have a peculiar problem.Previously i had a dual boot system with WinXP and RHLinux 8.My boot loader was grub,installed in the root partition. my partition was something like this...

Device Space System
/dev/hda1 4.89G WInXP (fat32)
/dev/hda2 4.14G Linux root
/dev/hda3 298M Linux swap
/dev/hda4 extended part.(fat32)
/dev/hda5 9.32G win_d
/dev/hda6 9.32G win_e
/dev/hda7 9.36G win_f

Due to pressing necessitites i had to install Win98,i did it into hda6(win_e).as expected it overwrote everything in the MBR,so the next time i booted my system it directly took me to win98.then i used my WinXp CD and recovered XP by using the FIXMBR option and later edited my boot.ini to load win98.

But my BIGgest problem is MY I/O CHIP IN M/B IS DAMAGED(since long) LEAVING MY FLOPPY DRIVE USELESS.
1]so without my floppy drive how shud i recover my Linux system?
2]can i (re) install Grub working from windows 98 or XP?......
3]BTW,plz suggest me the right procedure to go about installing another windows system while already having windows AND Linux
4] is re-installing Linux the only option?

Kindly help me recover my LInux without needing a floppy drive.


i'm a CS student badly needing Linux for my studies.u'r help will be greatly and deeply appreciated.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 03:21 AM   #4
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Hi

If you are using one of the recent distros, set your BIOS to boot from CDROM. Boot with your Linux distro CD.

I don't know about other distros, but RH9 detects existing Linux partition and offers to re-install LILO/GRUB.

hth
theN
ps: if your / is on a primary partition, maybe you could use fdisk to change the boot partition.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 03:59 AM   #5
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Recovering Linux from CD

Hi whencat (cute name)
anyway you can sure recover your linux distro without needing that floppy drive .. anyway you have that good old cdrom working .. boot using the bootable linux cd by selecting CDrom as the first boot device. when linux boots , select rescue mode

mount the root and boot partition of your linux installation on
/mnt/sysconfig or something else
chroot to that partition and configure lilo, run it and exit from the shell and reboot ..

I feel this will help , hope this works , do let me know , All the best
Shaheen
 
Old 08-10-2003, 02:45 AM   #6
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thanx guys for your help..........i hav recovered it using RH9 cd .....thanx for ur valuable suggestions
 
  


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