Thanks guys, for the input.
Ichecked a thread listed at the bottom of my thread "Zenwals, anyone using it daily?". and found it referrered to this forum:
http: // www .slackplanet.org
and in particular one entry discussed how to run the OS from the cdrom itself:
http: // www .slackplanet.org/index.php?topic=6.0
Howto boot a system without Lilo or with a corrupt kernel
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:27:18 PM »
simply boot the cd.
at the first prompt type:
ata /dev/hd** noinitrd ro
replace ** with your hard drive letter and the partition number, for example: "ata /dev/hda1 noinitrd ro"
That's how I'm going for now. Redshirt, thanks for the links, especially the second which seems to hit my problem squarely. I will be using a lot of the info there and hopefully there will be a conclusion. (Maybe if I find something I can post it :P).
Emerson, thanks for that info. I guess you and Dan2552 were on the same wavelength there.
I'll get back with how things turn out, but I going to use Dan2552's suggestion, along with trying to install Lilo once I get into the installed OS.
Again, thanks all.