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Old 03-06-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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GRUB on Boot Floppy Question xp w 3.1r1

Hi ALL Great to be here!

Relieved to find that what I need to do is possible.

1) Dell Inspiron 2500 with floppy CDR and USB bootable

2) Need to leave existing XP [installed first] running as is and NOT affect boot stuff MDB etc. I'm new to it all.

3) Have had great enjoyment trying 3.1r1 in a virtual Machine. Then tried once to install to second partition that I have on the XP dell laptop. Well, at end of net install it gives option to write boot loader or continue without ...correct? I continued without so no go I found.

I've been truly looking for a number of hours, enjoyably of course for any specifics on how to get GRUB on a boot floppy [plus on CD and removable USB flash eventually I hope]

I needto boot entirely from the floppy to my 2nd partition which will contain the net install of Debian.

Now I've done this once,,,, happy to have a go though I'd save time IF I knew the FINEr points.... as last time I messed up....

So I install debian 3.1r1 and at the end it says..install boot loader? or continue without..

I need to know the exact steps I'm sorry to say. Any link to this anywhere? Tips of the magic detailed kind?

I can only guess and have found nothing detailed in a few cool hours searching.
- formatted floppy on hand needed?
- write some stuff in a text file?
- do nothing other than press write to drive A:?

I did not see anything about a floppy option at the end of install.

Answers truly worshipped as I'm really keen to sort this out.. Booting into Debian ....that WILL be great!
I spent about 3 days lovin it on a vitual Machine....then went for it on the real partition and got messed up at the end..

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Old 03-07-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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I found this instruction for grub on floppy for fedora and can verify that it does indeed work for fedora.
Old 03-07-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:33 PM   #4
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VERY very fabulous....!
Great thanks obviously.
And an: 'i'll be back' for good luck!

Ahh.... all getting a bit clearer.. Thanks!

Last edited by tweed; 03-07-2006 at 09:59 PM.
Old 03-08-2006, 01:56 AM   #5
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Take a look at one of my pages where I wrote a brief guide on how to make a boot floppy and then a boot cd.


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