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Old 01-14-2003, 04:14 AM   #1
matix
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Question help moving boot kernel from floppy to harddisk


I had what i thought was a temporary installation of Debian Woody on a dual boot system with a *crappy* but needed OS beside it. Debian has since cast a spell on me and i cannot bear the thought of wiping all my configurings and potterings that i have made/enjoyed thus far.

When i installed Debian, i installed it so that the installation program produced a boot floppy containing 4 files: ldlinux.sys, linux.bin, message.txt and syslinux.cfg. This allowed me to either leave the floppy disk in the drive (or not) which gave me the option as to which OS to boot into.

I thought it was a good idea at the time because i expected that this Debian thing was only going to be a floozy that id have a quick fling with, before moving on. As it stands, Mandrake 9 CDs are gathering dust untouched. I did actually mean to try at least 3 distros but Debian is soo.. well.. shees.. i wont go into it here.

Problem is that i want to be able to change my setup so it boots from a kernel on the HD, like every other *normal* dual boot setup is setup. Oh and while im asking, i'd like to use grub rather than lilo, i saw it on my friends Mandrake box and well.. shees again.

Can i just copy those file to the HD somewhere and tease grub or is there more to it than that? I am kinda nervous because i can not afford to loose either OS with this transition.

Just for info, i use a clean looking icewm (metal2 theme) with a few of my own customizations. Its clean, fast, effective, easy to use and when non-linux literate types see my desktop they first ask what version of windows it is, then are amazed when i say its not. I dont sell the OS, i find its at the point that it sells itself. I have 2 peeps interested in trying it now
I even make a point of saying its probably too difficult for them, but to try it for the fun of it. I prefer talking it down because i suspect they will be in for a nice surprise. Sorry for blabbing too much, my enthusiasim is at a high today because i managed to get ALSA and my printer working today! 8)

cheers!
 
Old 01-14-2003, 04:21 AM   #2
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You should be able to install grub or lilo and it should be ok. I don't think you will need anything from the floppy to do it.

just get grub or lilo if you don't have one already and install it
 
Old 01-14-2003, 05:00 AM   #3
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thanks for the help, you were right.
All i did was:

apt-get install grub
update-grub (which made a generic /root/grub/menu.lst file which was missing)
then tinkered that file to suite my situation.

all grubbed up and booting faster to boot!
 
Old 01-14-2003, 05:04 AM   #4
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