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I'm attempting to get a dual boot system (Win2k/Linux) to run from two raid channels. The only way I'm aware to update grub is during this install process. But the boot partition will only upgrade if there have been kernel changes (I'd like to understand this limitation better).
So I've now run out of kernel (big, pcmcia, uml) types to update.
My question(s): is there a simpler way to do this, and how do I uninstall these unnecessary (for me) kernel appendages?
Is there a grub on a floppy? The Windows partition, which needs to be active during boot, won't let me boot anything but windows. So I need to boot linux w/grub from a floppy or cd and then do the grubbin.
David, on a raid system you need to specify not just 'linux rescue' but 'linux text expert rescue hdh=noprobe hdg=noprobe hdf=noprobe' (you might be able to omit 'text'). The noprobe stops Windows from getting in the way and the expert allows me to load the htp370 raid driver.
Unfortunately the boot linux does not contain grub-install, but, to ppuru's suggestion, the rescue does mount my previous install under /mnt/sysimage. I've tried to ln from the /mnt/sysimage into the temporary rescue filesystem but I'm getting read-only errors.
So, from this, I'm going to pull the Windows disks, boot into Linux, and give PPuru's suggestions a whirl.
I'll post my progress (for others in the future that might suffer from the desire to create such a geeky configuration.)
Oh boy, fun with technology. I created the grub disk, booted with it and read-up on root and setup. It happens that my Windows partition is hd0,0 and is the only partition on that drive. So when I tried to setup (hd0,0) grub said it couldn't write to that partition. So I am assuming that it's cause it's an ntfs partition.
So... I'm resizing the ntfs partition up and freeing up a small boot portion at the beginning of the drive and formatting it for ext3 (linux).
Once that's complete (it's a 80gig hd), I expect that I'll be able to boot from the grub floppy, and do the root & set to install grub stage1 onto that newly created partition.
Hi PPuru, I really appreciate your help.. I'm being pulled off on a small temporary project and will be somewhat delayed - a day or two. I'll post the fdisk -l and grub.conf contents as soon as switch context back to my dual boot problem.