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Old 09-08-2003, 09:10 PM   #1
Lky
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Smile Mandrake 9.1 boot loader


Hi!

Can anyone help me? I am actually installing mandrake 9.1 for the 1st time and is using it for triple boot along with win2k and redhat 9.0.

But although I have the installation disks for mandrake, I just couldn't boot up from cd-rom. Do I have to download a boot disk for mandrake? If so then where should I get it from and how to go about it.

Can I have some help on the installation as well? I have installed both win2k and redhat9.0 with 6GB each, win2k as my 1st OS.

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Old 09-08-2003, 09:29 PM   #2
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" Do I have to download a boot disk for mandrake?"

In the beginning not all CD-Roms were bootable. So distributions began shipping two different types of boot floppy images on their install CDs. One image is used to create a boot floppy to boot into your installed system. The other is used to boot into the install CD.
Some distributions still ship with two floppy images.

So mount your first Mandrake CD and see if there are two floppy images available. If so create two boot floppies. You can then place the CD in your CD-ROM and use the correct boot floppy to boot the install CD.
 
Old 09-08-2003, 11:09 PM   #3
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I think that one floppy is enough to start the installation. In RedHat you will have three installation floppy images, one for local boot, one for network boot, and one for laptops. So, you will need atmost one floppy to boot into a system. So, since Mandrake is derived from RH, I think it still follows that policy.

But I think the cd by itself is bootable. How did you install RH in the first place?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 10:25 AM   #4
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I too found that I couldn't boot from the (allegedly bootable) Mandrake 9.1 CD. The README on the CD says

"If your computer cannot boot from the CD, you must make a boot floppy under Windows as follows -

- insert a blank floppy
- insert CD, open My Computer, right-click on the CDROM icon and select Open
- go into the dosutils directory and double-click on the rawwritewin icon
- select X:\images\cdrom.img in the Image file field (where X: is your CDROM drive)
- select A: in the floppy drive field, then click on Write

To begin the installation, insert both CD and your boot floppy and reboot PC."
 
  


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