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Old 03-12-2004, 09:54 AM   #1
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Boot partition


OK Iím trying to install SuSE and I canít seem to get past the first screen. I want the Boot Loader to be read from the CD drive. In the list of options it is listing the drives as

id0 = floppy

hda

hdc

hdd

hdd3



The drives on the controllers are as follows:

IDE 1 master 40GB

IDE 2 master 80GB

IDE 1 slave CD

IDE 2 slave 60GB

And of course there is the floppy drive.

Now the only drive that has more than one partition is the 40 GB on IDE 1. It has two primary partitions and the MBR or DOS partition.

So the question is how do I set this up to boot from the CD?
 
Old 03-12-2004, 10:14 AM   #2
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Questions:
-What boot loader are you using, or do you want to use (grub, lilo, whatever)?
If you don't really have a preference, check out this site...

http://syslinux.zytor.com/iso.php

It's a bootloader especially for ISO file systems (like the ones CDs use). Making a CD have a bootloader is a bit tricky because you have to create the ISO filesystem before you burn it to CD.

Jerad
 
Old 03-12-2004, 11:18 AM   #3
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I have been told, and perhaps it was bad information, that it is possible to set linux up so that is sits quietly in a folder on a drive and no entries or changes are made to the MBR so if you want to boot to the linux OS you boot the system from a CD and from there it will load the linux OS..
 
Old 03-12-2004, 12:53 PM   #4
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I have been told, and perhaps it was bad information, that it is possible to set linux up so that is sits quietly in a folder on a drive and no entries or changes are made to the MBR so if you want to boot to the linux OS you boot the system from a CD and from there it will load the linux OS.
What do you mean by "sits quietly in a folder". There are some distros that can run from a DOS filesystem. However, most require a linux partition and a linux filesystem. Also most require at least two partitions i.e. /(root) and a swap. If you have a ton of memory and are not running any intensive memory apps you may not need swap.

I would say that you can not create a boot CD because the installer does not have anyway write to CD and thus no option is presented.

Create a boot floppy and then you can burn a CD using that floppy image. I do not know the process using linux (I use Roxio EZCD creator).

You can have windows boot linux if you do not want to install a linux boot loader to the MBR. If you do not have a floppy drive this may be your best option.

Another option would be a live CD distro like Knoppix. They do not need any hard drive space. The essential filesystems are run from RAM. The disadvantage is you can not install any new apps without rebuilding the CD. You can save configuration changes to a floppy or hard drive.
 
  


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