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Old 03-04-2004, 09:17 PM   #1
Cliff Fussell
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Somewhat limited success with install etc.


With all the info and help I've recieved I managed to get suse 9 to boot using the nt loader. It only took about 6 hours and two installs later it works like a charm. I had to learn something, but I can't say what at this time. I'm happy with small successes. I let yast partition the hd automatically. It made a root and a swap. I installed the grub boot loader to hdb2, hdb1 in swap. The next part was difficult. I had three different sets of instructions trying to copy the boot sector to a floppy disk. Several dozen times later with no success the floppy light finally came on for a few seconds. Shazam! I checked the floppy and sure enough the bin file was there. I wish I could tell you exactly what I did so I could duplicate again if I had to, but I can't. Copied the bin file over to windows c and the edited boot.ini and now the MBR is untouched and I can boot either system with nt.
The next problem was an onboard lan which I loaded the driver with from a floppy. It worked great the first time. When I did the suse update it went south. I tried again exactly as before. I kept getting unlinked symbols or something like that. I finally found a thread which suggested make clean in the install process. It worked. So far I've got kmail working msn messenger going with amsn, I couldn't get gaim to work it kept saying protocol not supported. I've mounted my windows drive and can read it which is good. I've burned a small file to a cd-r and looked at all the games. It really seems to be a great operating system. I'm happy. I just wish I knew exactly what I did and in what order that got it to working. I hope its not hostile about doing stuff over and over until you get it right. One question, how do you clean or remove all the stuff you did in the process of getting the system going? Is it going to build up huge useless files on the hd?

Thanks for all the help and suggestions, I really appreciate them.

Cliff
 
Old 03-04-2004, 09:55 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have come a pretty long way! It's not easy to get started with Linux, and once you have managed to overcome a few big problems it usually gets a bit easier, simply because you start to know the drill and feel at least a little bit comfortable.

Doing things over and over again until you get them right is often a good thing. It is also the best way of actually learning, so don't worry about that. It took me quite some time to get comfy with adding Linux to the NT bootloader in dual boot systems, but by now I could do it in my sleep. That's practice.

As I usually do it:
1. Update kernel and install it (if that's what I want to do)
2. Update /etc/lilo.conf and rerun /sbin/lilo
3. Copy the boot block to the Windows partition or to a floppy: dd if=/dev/hda5 count=1 bs=512 of=/mnt/floppy/bootsect.lnx (if /dev/hda5 is the Linux root partition and /mnt/floppy is where the floppy is mounted)

As for keeping my system clean - I always keep a directory called ~/build where I unpack and build software so I don't litter my home directory or have sources spread out all over my disks. Software that you install from source often have an "uninstall" target in the Makefile that allows you to type make uninstall as root, so keeping the sources can be a good idea.


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