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Downloaded and installed plpinstc.com, copying it to the boot directory under grub. Everything went fine until after my initial reboot and selection of the FAILSAFE option just to check that that was OK. Went well until shutting down, when hung just after closing all files and putting finishing touches to sending kill signal to all processes, when it hung and had to touch power button briefly to complete shutdown; no big deal. When rebooted and this time selected "Plop Boot Manager Install" (repeatedly), got this message:
Booting "Plop Boot Manager Install"
Filesystem type is reiserfs, partition type 0x83
kernel /boot/plpinstc.com root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_TOSHIBA_MK4025G_65M21717A-part2 vga=0x314 resume=/dev/sda1 splash=silent showopts
Error 15: File not found
Press any key to continue
Then had to use FAILSAFE to reaccess OS.
What I did in menu.lst:
from title openSUSE 10.3 etc.
changed to title Plop Boot Manager Install
from root (hd0,1) kept it the same
from kernel /boot/vmlinux-18.104.22.168-0.2-default
changed to kernel /boot/plpinstc.com (did not include the word default)
Should I have made the root as (hd0,0) ???
Should I have added the -default to the /boot/plpinstc.com ???
Any other understandings as to why this didn't work and got that error message?
Thanks for looking.
I lurked on these lists for some time and some regular sources of pain were
1. People who had installed some super secure login system and locked themselves out of their own pc. (Never did this to myself)
2. Some people who did unnecessary meddling with boot loaders and couldn't boot (guilty here).
Politicians in Ireland say (and never seem to follow): "When you're in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging."
Trying to get expanded options for booting anything, but especially hdd attached through usb. At the moment that had boot problem mentioned in my thread, had nothing external attached and was just testing if the boot process was OK for normal boot of internal hdd -- clearly turned out not to be the case, but am in hopes that it is just a minor lack of some required input in menu.lst Thanks jefro for reply.
For business kid, there's nothing wrong with grub, it booted FAILSAFE just fine.
FWIW, I went through a lot of File Not Found (or No Such File) this weekend installing Plop in GRUB 2, but it turned out that I was somehow not using the right paths - it was more like No Such File really meant You Can't Get There From Here. At some point in the process I was starting too far down in the directory tree to get to the file I needed. This may not be your problem, but make sure you use full paths to what you're after!
How to boot from USB when BIOS does not have the option
Linus72 wrote some tips in this forum and then referring some material from ubuntu forums I was finally able to make Plop Boot Manager work from Grub 2....Complete step by step instructions and video here.