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Old 02-25-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Booting from Knoppix disk without a linux bootloader.


Hi guys I have a quick question. I have knoppix 5.1 on dvd which I use to boot from dvd and play around with sometime. However I am unhappy with the speed at which it takes to spin up the dvd everytime I want to access something. I also wanted to try out some other distros on my harddrive. Be aware I currently have XP as my main OS, Is there anyway I can install, say, fedora core to another partition and then boot to it with my knoppix dvd (at the boot screen). I DO NOT want to install a linux boot loader because I know how much of a pain it can be to remove if I want to get rid of linux later on. Thanks guys!
 
Old 02-25-2007, 09:09 AM   #2
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Removing a bootloader isn't really that much of a pain. You just insert the windoze cd and hit repair.
But, if you really want to install a linux distro without a bootloader, I think it would be easier to make a boot floppy with grub or lilo... I think this is how you do it with grub: http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/gru...faq.en.html#q4
 
Old 02-25-2007, 09:14 AM   #3
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If you have the Windows install disk, then restoring the mbr is trivial. Also, you can simply put GRUB on a floppy.

If the Knoppix boot disk allows you to stop GRUB and enter manual commands, you also do it that way. I don't recall it displaying a GRUB menu, but it's been a while.

I think you can also use something like the ultimate boot CD.

AND--you can simply install another drive and put GRUB on the mbr of that drive. Then the mbr on the Windows drive will be untouched.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 09:20 AM   #4
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The problem lies in that I do not have a floppy drive and windows needs one to install my serial ata drivers for my harddrive, so everytime I have to wipe the mbr windows will need the sata drivers before it will rediscover windows, which means I have to go pull one out of another computer and hook it up.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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hmm, then I guess you could also make a bootable cd with grub http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...le-CD-ROM.html
Haven't tried that myself... but it should work ok...
 
  


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