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Ok I have an oddball question. I'm still fairly new with linux so any advice is much appreciated. Here's my situation. I have an IBM thinkpad that's about 4 years old, the hard drive died out. Well is broken actually and those fools at IBM wanted like $400 for a 5 gig. Ya, right. Anyways, I found a version of linux that's on a CD and run staight from the CD and memory, so no hard drive required. So I can start putting my laptop to some use again. Well the problem is that the CD is bootable, and for some unknown reason none of the laptop will not boot from the CD, keeps looking for a disk. So what I need is a bootable floppy that once ran, will boot and then point the computer to the CD's startup program. I dont really know anything about scripting for Linux, or what programs do what, anyone have any advice? I do have a bootable floppy for emergencies that I can load and mount the CD, but how do I start the CD from there? Thanks
Ug, does anyone have a step by step on how to make this boot disk. I think I've been at this too long, 13 hours, no caffeine. Heh, anyways I've been reading and comparing to the generic boot disk I have, which is rather difficult since it's compressed on the disk.
There must be a bootloader out there that can fit on a disk that you can tell it where too look. Hmm, Any advice? heh Thanks.
Ok after some caffeine did a bit of thinking. I could modify the existing boot disk I have, so that instead of loading the kernel from the floppy, it would load the kernel from the CDROM. Which brings up a couple questions, first off the kernel IS the first thing loaded correct? Secondly, most likely the CD would have to be mounted prior to it loading the kernel but that doesn't sound quite right if the kernel is first.
Someone let me know if I am Waaaay off track here.
My next issue is how do I edit the files. Still somewhat new to linux the only text editor I could locate so far was the VI command.
Last question of course is what's the filename of the first file loaded, looking at the floppy (ls -a) here is what shows on the disk.
boot.b map settings.s bz2bzImage rc.custom.gz
Which one of these says ok unpack this file and go from there.
Well I have tried some things to no avail. Can someone spell out just how to do this? Need a floppy to boot from, that turns around and tells the computer to boot from the CD, nothing more. The CD I have will boot (tested on other computers) just this one will not boot to it, good old ibm hardware. Anyways, someone said put the kernal and lilo on the disk and edit something or another, ug. The point of getting this CD to work is so I can learn more about linux and put some use to this laptop. Help! Thanks