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I'm a fresher to linux.. ma system has 6 partitions, first 5 NTFS n last one, ext3..Windows XP on 1st partition, Vista on 2nd. Now I installed puppy using universal installer by runnin Puppy live cd, to last partition, which is ext3.. But wen i cant get a boot menu to boot into puppy..(Simply, i cant boot to puppy) i'm gettin a boot menu with XP and Vista as options.. I didnt configure or install(whatever) GRUB.. pls help me,i donno what to do with GRUB or how can i gat it..can i download it..??(may be)..i want to get a boot menu such that i can choose between puppy and windows versions.. Somebody pls help..
pardon my english..
Lots of thanks in advance..
Grub is a bootloader used by most Linux distributions which usually detects installed windows partitions allowing you to boot them. Since you didn't install it...Grub comes with your Puppy installation. If xp is on your first partition you could put an entry in the xp bootloader to enable you to boot puppy. Link here explains how: http://www.linux.com/articles/113945
You could also install Grub from the Puppy CD. This would overwrite your windows mbr but that usually doesn't pose a problem as Grub will usually detect windows partitions.
I run Puppy Linux on a Windows box but avoid the hard drive partitioning route because I don't have a back-up disk for Windows XP should something go wrong. I have attached a 1 gig flash USB drive to the machine and download changes, downloads, programs, etc to it when Puppy closes down. Puppy detects and saves to the USB drive fairly easily. When I want Windows, I pull out the USB, turn on the machine, remove the Puppy Live CD and it boots right into XP.
It is a cheap solution and less wear and tear on the hard drive. If you don't go nuts on storing large files, a 1 gig USB can store a useable amount of data and programs.