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I am not that new to Linux, been using it off and on but have recently come into a problem. I bought a new Toshiba Satellite 1005. This machine doesn't have the ability to have the CDROM and floppy drive in it at the same time. It also has WinXP Home on it which is installed by the Restore disk, which puts itself on the computer and uses all the disk space. I have used partition magic to shorten the XP partition and add Linux. Therefore, I have to use a 3 1/2 to boot up Linux with LILO. My problem is I want to be able to use the CDROM under Linux. However if I boot up to Linux the 3 1/2 is initialized while Linux boots. Is there an option where I can hot swap the 3 1/2 and the CDROM after Linux has booted? Whenever I swap the 3 1/2 and the CDROM after it has booted, I cannot seem to mount the CDROM because it says it cannot see it, however it found it fine when I installed it. So I know I would have to have it redetect the hardware or something like that. If that isn't possible, then my next question is can I create a lilo CDROM instead of 3 1/2? My burner is on my desktop, but it only has Windows 98 on it. Is there a way I can create a Lilo CDROM under Windows? to burn the LILO image onto a CDROM with the ISO 9660 image?
Doesn't Partition Magic come with a boot manager; Boot Magic or something like that? I would use it or something like System Commander to set up a dual boot and forget the floppy. You could also set up a dual boot with lilo or grub. There are several threads on this site about dual boots and a google search on "dual boot linux windows" finds a lot of references.
I would make everything simple and do that. The problem is I have a laptop that has a restoration CD with WinXP on it. If it was a full version of XP it would be that easy. Whenever the CD is installed it wipes out everything and installs XP to the entire hard drive. I have had to go back and repartition it with Partition Magic so that I have enough room to install Linux. However I can't get to the MBR because WinXP is holding it right now. If you know of a way I can wipe out the MBR without wiping out XP and install LILO in the MBR and be able to boot to both Linux and XP still. I need XP still even though I would rather use Linux, so I can't afford to get rid of the XP partition or lose any of the data in it.