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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.
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