Thanks in advance for any help or contributions to this question.
Here's the scenario: I have a Compaq Armada 1750 on which I've installed RedHat 8.0. Recently, I decided that I wanted to upgrade to RedHat Fedora. While trying to upgrade, I discovered that, apparently, I deleted the BIOS partition when I rad DiskDruid last year.
So, I can't boot from floppy or compact disk. I can't press F10. I have no BIOS on my laptop...
Possible solutions to my problem:
1. Any ideas on the best way to re-install a Compaq BIOS under Linux? (I tried making a floppy disk with the BIOS by using rawrite.exe and a disk image of the BIOS, but I can't boot the floppy disk... )
2. Any ideas on how to get into the RedHat install process without a bootable CD? I tried running Anaconda, but it just wants to reconfigure the existing RedHat 8.0 install, and doesn't offer to upgrade. Does the RedHat RPM manager have an upgrade option?
3. Any ideas on how to hack LILO to boot the RedHat Fedora CD, or some other BIOS work-around?
4. Have any ideas on how to get a bootable installation CD to run from within a working Linux installation?
It appears that I have inadvertently secured my laptop very well.
Also, I don't have any important files on this laptop right now, so I can nuke the entire installation, if I need to. That's not a problem.
Again, thanks for any help you can provide.