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Old 11-01-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
jcmahne
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Grub boot loader with puppy linux


I'm trying out puppy linux, as I have an old system, and the new Ubuntus do not work on it.I discovered that after a whole day of struggling.
Anyway,I cannot boot from my hard drive but only from the floppy.I'm just not too keen on always booting from the floppy.
Here is the Menu.ls file:
I will appreciate any help.


# GRUB configuration file '/boot/grub/menu.lst'.
# generated by 'grubconfig'. Mon Nov 1 17:23:27 2010
#
# Start GRUB global section
#timeout 30
color light-gray/blue black/light-gray
# End GRUB global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
title Linux (on /dev/sda1)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro vga=normal
# Linux bootable partition config ends
title Install GRUB to floppy disk (on /dev/fd0)
pause Insert a formatted floppy disk and press enter.
root (hd0,0)
setup (fd0)
pause Press enter to continue.
title Install GRUB to Linux partition (on /dev/sda1)
root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0,0)
pause Press enter to continue.
title - For help press 'c', then type: 'help'
root (hd0)
title - For usage examples, type: 'cat /boot/grub/usage.txt'
root (hd0)
 
Old 11-01-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
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When you installed Puppy. Did you do a full or frugal install? What version of Puppy?

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Anyway,I cannot boot from my hard drive but only from the floppy.I'm just not too keen on always booting from the floppy.

Did you install grub to mbr or where did you install grub to (root maybe)? Did you flag the Puppy partition as boot when you formatted drive? What kind of computer and specs are you using to boot puppy with?

http://puppylinux.org/main/Puppy430-...al-English.pdf


http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php...ll%20Puppy.htm

http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php...ard%20Disk.txt

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Last edited by rokytnji; 11-01-2010 at 02:11 PM.
 
Old 11-01-2010, 03:21 PM   #3
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/boot/grub/menu.lst sorry but it dos,nt look right,you need to do another one.
 
Old 11-02-2010, 12:49 AM   #4
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Hi
The version is 5.11.It's a full install.The pc is a pentium3 500 mb ram.
I selected the floppy as an option to install the boot menu.Then when it boots I selected the option to install the boot loader to the hard drive.It seems to keep both options open (as I can gather from the Menu.list file).
It does have an option to boot directly to the mbr too.
How do I access the MBR directly and what should it read?
 
Old 11-02-2010, 02:04 AM   #5
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puppy grub

I've tried and installed 'puppy' successfully but what a pain in the rear end. It seems to be meant as a live 'sample'; get grub to work and then try your internet connection on the hard drive! Puppy looks pretty but Xubuntu is more practical, an installation that works with little effort.

Fred.
 
Old 11-02-2010, 02:29 AM   #6
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Hi Rokytnji,
I did flag the partition as boot, as you suggested.No go.
I'm not that clued up on grub.
Well no one said that linux was easy...
 
Old 11-02-2010, 06:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help.i finally figured it out.

There are three options for installing the boot loader: Floppy,Block or MBR.

I took the block option, which walks you through, and reinstalled the grub loader to the primary partition.It asks you to confirm the partition, but there was only one in my case.

Then I discovered that after the boot loader had installed,it had generated the same menu.ls script on the hard drive, which was the one that I posted above.The reason for this is to create a boot floppy, which will come in handy if things go wrong.

Next I uncommented the timeout which is set to 30 seconds as a default.(This was the reason that it would only boot from the floppy, because the boot loader was waiting for the return key).

When the pc booted up I selected the option to make a boot floppy, and made one.
Then I went and set the time out to zero, so there is no delay on boot up.




# GRUB configuration file '/boot/grub/menu.lst'.
# generated by 'grubconfig'. Mon Nov 1 17:23:27 2010
#
# Start GRUB global section
timeout 0
color light-gray/blue black/light-gray
# End GRUB global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
title Linux (on /dev/sda1)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro vga=normal
boot
------rest of script remains the same-------



I'm still no grub expert but i winged it and it seems to work ok.

Thanks again everyone for helping out.Hope this info will help someone else too.
Linux is free, but it always needs some work.

Johann

Last edited by jcmahne; 11-03-2010 at 05:30 AM. Reason: Correction
 
  


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