thanks that more the sort of thing but doesn't the boot image need to be configured to include the fact that debian is on my second hard disc?
as for the
Go to the DOS prompt and insert a 1.44 megabyte floppy into your a: drive. From the CD-ROM prompt (drive D I'll assume... you know what drive it is), go to the directory where the DOS Utilities are (\DOSUTILS). Type rawrite -f \images\boot.img -d a:. The source file should be a file called boot.img in the \images directory (so you would type in "\images\boot.img" as the target) and the target should be your a: drive (type "a:")." After you do this, set the disk aside to use later.
is that avalable in the debian install disc and how does it know that debians on HDB?
i'll have a look for myself next weekend when i go home, but as that computer doesn't have a internet conection i'd like to get everthing sorted before i get to the compute as if anything else crops up i'll then have to wait a fortnight before i can try again,
As for using LILO i tried but it didn't like being installed on a the windows drive (wrote LI in the top corner of the screen and didn't do anything else) and didn't register on the linux drive and a boot manager