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Old 04-22-2004, 09:21 AM   #1
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Is it possible to put a boot manager on cd instead of the MBR?


I was wondering if this was possible or if there is a program that has done it simply. I know that you can put it on a floppy. But I do not have a floppy drive on my pc. I dual boot and do not wish to over write my windows XP master boot record.(mainly since I do not know how to repair it if need be) That way I just pop the cd in and can pick Linux. Or leave it out and go right to windows. Any help I would really appreciate. Windows XP is already installed. And the Os I will be installing at first is fedora core if that makes a difference.

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Old 04-22-2004, 03:52 PM   #2
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http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/index.php?p=1#howboot

Here you can find info about how a CD BOOTS

It is different from a floppy.

But I think you could take a memory stick. They behave like a flop or a disk, and you can put a boot record on them.

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Old 04-22-2004, 06:52 PM   #3
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Burning a "floppy emulation" CD using a floppy image file works fine most of the time.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 09:47 PM   #4
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Ok. But does anyone know how I would do this exactly? I need to do it within windows obviously. I have been searching google about flopply emulation and the like. But everything seems to be done in linux. And that's not an immediate option. And honestly I'm no sure if some of the step by step stuff I found is doing what I need it to.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 12:41 PM   #5
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Floppy image files (of whatever type) can be burned easily. .ima and .img files are examples of the uncompressed image files you'll need.
http://www.informationweek.com/story...0818064&pgno=2
The article above gives you a Windows-ish idea of what to do, and to do it with Linux just select the .ima or .img file instead of reading a floppy.
Winimage will let you build floppy image files of various sizes without using a floppy drive. Play around, and build a few floppy emulation CDs (Windows, DOS, Linux) before you install LInux.
http://ftp.ens.utulsa.edu/pub/linux/...386/os/images/ has a bootdisk.img file you can use for Fedora.

What is very cool is that they also supply a boot.iso file for you to burn to CD, (I'd try that first) and a rescuecd.iso too.

BTW:
If using a second hard drive rather than splitting your current one is an option, it is the more reliable choice. If you aren't up to repairing Windows boot records yet, another drive (which can be small & inexpensive) in a swap rack or switched with a hard disk switch is isolated from your Linux experiments.

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Old 04-23-2004, 02:40 PM   #6
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ok thanks. I am actually useing a second hard drive so I'll look into your other suggestion. I have found sevral good resources from the other posts also. But they seem to require a floppy(which ofcourse it's not hard to get a floppy drive I just have no need for one other than this)and did not target quite what I was looking for. So your suggestions helps alot. Did not mean to sound so whinny in my last post.

Thanks
 
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No problem! Happy to help.
Vipower makes durable, inexpensive (about 15 bucks on pricewatch) swap racks.
I just get two racks rather than an extra tray.
 
  


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