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Old 01-31-2003, 03:37 AM   #1
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lets build together a dual boot disk !


hi ..

i always put in my wallet a small cd ( the one which looks like a card) with a linux kernel in it .. sometimes i use it

i had an idea ...

it would be very nice if we had a single cd that acts like linux boot disk .. like when we use the boot cd to boot from it and use linux-rescue ... the exact thing in a single cd .. and with it .. windows boot disk

so .. when we boot from this cd .. we get a menu ..
1. linux boot disk
2. windows boot disk

we choose whatever we want and the it continues booting


this would be very great for trouble shooting ...
whenever and wherever you are you have this cd in your wallet and if you needed to use linux boot disk .. or windows boot disk . it would be in your hand ..


the question is .. what exactly do we need to make this thing real?

windows boot files are known .

we have windows 9x files .. and windows 2000/xp .. i think they are different right? so the menu would be

1.linux boot disk
2.windows 9x boot disk
3.windows 2000/xp boot disk


how do we make this menu appear when booting ?
what files do we need to reach the linux rescue thingy? lets say i was in my friends house and he forgot his root password ..

i would boot from this cd and choose linux .. and then it linux-rescues .. then i get the console and chroot ...






got the idea?


any suggestions are appreciated
 
Old 01-31-2003, 11:25 AM   #2
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any ideas?
 
Old 01-31-2003, 03:02 PM   #3
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maybe using one of the linux bootloaders or the nt thingy to get going with a menu and copying the needed files into 3 distinct directories. A dual or triple boot on a hdd is not hard, is it not possible to copy that to a cd? Several files must of course be root.

I may be on the wrong track but let me know if this makes sense...
 
Old 02-01-2003, 04:23 AM   #4
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but what files do we exactly need to copy?
 
Old 02-02-2003, 05:42 AM   #5
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maybe i should post this in a different section
 
Old 02-02-2003, 09:33 AM   #6
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With all due respect it seems like you have a half thought out idea that you are looking for other people to do the work on. Perhaps if you showed some self motivation and a little bit of research people would be more inclined to help.

What have you done so far to make your thought a reality?
 
Old 02-04-2003, 11:17 AM   #7
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hi marsonist

thanks for replying ..

well i opened this to discuss about this case .. as i said i was thinking to put windows boot disk files in a directory .. and linux boot disk files in another directory ... and a somehow a LILO thingy that comes first and points to the files in the directories as you choose them ..

this was my imagination .... i opened this thread to see am i thinking in the right way or not? could be only put the lilo files on the cd and it will do the rest??

discussion needed

if i'll do all the searching with no one discussing and sharing thoughts .. then what is the use of opening this thread


thanks
 
Old 02-04-2003, 02:01 PM   #8
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The problem with this idea is that it won't work real well on a cd, well, that is if you want it to work on more than one computer. In other words, it might seem like a good idea, but it really isn't...

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Old 02-05-2003, 09:25 AM   #9
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thanks for your point .. i've just thought about that if the lilo thingy was pointing to hda1 for windows .. and it is acctually some thing else .. it won't work fine ..

what about checking where is the windows partition and linux parition and based on that it produces the menu??

well .. i guess if the partition table is corrupted this won't work either ..

ideas?
 
Old 02-07-2003, 01:21 PM   #10
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Old 02-07-2003, 02:32 PM   #11
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people around here aren't that proactive and gung ho about shit. although you may or maynot have a good idea you won't get to much of the same energy you are posting with from anyone around here. they don't seem to give 2 much time reading threads and replying when you aren't atleast giving it your own concerted effort first.

but thats just my opinion....
 
Old 02-28-2003, 10:48 PM   #12
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First, let me say that I am no Linux expert. I just got it.
But I say, decompile a program like boot magic and see what the source code says.

I see where you are going, and it is a good idea, if it can be done.
I use a disk with a few batch files that automates simple processes in DOS, including loading the OS from a cd. So I think it is possible... Your million dollar idea, perhaps???

Not knowing any more about Linux than I do, I would Have it start in DOS if you can get it to see NTFS partitions. I am told there are ways to do that...

Good Luck.
 
  


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