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Old 12-24-2003, 11:24 AM   #1
aamehl
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freedos grub gripe


Hi all,

I have a program that will only work in a dos partition:
so I downloaded and installed freedos.
But that partition is hda8 and I can't get it to boot.


I experimented with grub and reached the point where I get a message can't find kernel.sys.


I looked and indeed kernel.sys is right there next to the FDOSBOOT.BIN.

Maybe I am booting the wrong partition??
In anycase I can't seem to get dos to boot up.
Can anyone please help??

here is my menu.lst from the grub directory.





timeout 10
color black/cyan yellow/cyan
i18n (hd0,0)/grub/messages
keytable (hd0,0)/il-8859_8.klt
altconfigfile (hd0,0)/grub/menu.once
default 3

title linux-smp
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz-smp root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 splash=silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,0)/initrd-smp.img

title rehat
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1

title beos
root (hd0,4)
chainloader +1

title 2422-21mm2smp
kernel (hd0,7)/vmlinuz-2.4.22-21mm.2mdksmp root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 vga=788
initrd (hd0,7)/initrd-2.4.22-21mm.2mdksmp.img



title dos
map (hd0,0) (hd0,8)
map (hd0,8) (hd0,0)
rootnoverify (hd0,8)
chainloader /fdosboot.bin


title linuxmm
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 splash=silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,0)/initrd.img

title linux-nonfb
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 vga=788
initrd (hd0,0)/initrd.img

title 2422-10
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz-2.4.22-10mdk root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 splash=silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,0)/initrd-2.4.22-10mdk.img

title old_linux-smp
kernel (hd0,7)/vmlinuz-smp root=/dev/hda8 devfs=mount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 vga=788
initrd (hd0,7)/initrd-smp.img

title failsafe
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8 failsafe devfs=nomount splash=silent splash=silent hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda6 vga=788
initrd (hd0,0)/initrd.img

title floppy
root (fd0)
chainloader +1

Thanks
Aaron
 
Old 12-24-2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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"I have a program that will only work in a dos partition:
so I downloaded and installed freedos.
But that partition is hda8 and I can't get it to boot."

I have some DOS programs that I wrote 10 years ago and never have bothered converting to Linux. For years I ran Novell DOS 7 on /dev/hda1 so that I could run my programs for about 10 minutes a week. /dev/hda1 is the only partition that I could get Novell DOS 7 to work on.

Eventually I switched to DOSEMU running FreeDos. DOSEMU works fine with two problems:
1. The install instructions for DOSEMU are atrocious. (And I cannot help you on the details because it has been two years since I installed DOSEMU.)
2. My applications are hopelessly locked into a 640 x 480 screen so the DOSEMU screen only takes up a quarter of my screen. Things are getting small.

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