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Old 06-11-2005, 05:41 AM   #1
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bootmanager independent from os?

Hi everyone!

I'm stressed out because of this bootmanager (-loader) problem I have.
It's not even a real problem, but it drives me nuts!!
I'm in Linux for about a year now and I'm still trying out whitch distro is best for me and my computer. The Problem is: I have a very cool distro of yoper installed (and since I'm still no pro it did cost a lot of time) but sometimes when I install another distro (on another hd) my lilo (witch is in mbr of hda) gets overwritten. Mostly because a few distros don't even ask if they should install a bootloader or where...
I'm able to make it work again, so that's not the point, but it's so annoying !!!!

Because of this I thought about something like that:

There should be a very small type of os (linux, why not) suitable on a floppy.
It should be bootable.
Get it in - boot it - textbased type should be work -
and then make it possible to install grub or lilo or something like that, inclusive a
config that is or can be stored on the floppy as well.

I really would like that. So I could restore my bootloader from floppy even if I cannot
boot my main-os.

OK, QUESTION: Is something like this out there?
Or does nobody except of me have this trouble?

I think about makin' it myself, mabe...

And now it's answer-time!!!!


Last edited by xomic; 06-11-2005 at 05:50 AM.
Old 06-11-2005, 05:56 AM   #2
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hi there

i have not seen a distro that does not ask u about installing a bootmanager

why don't u install another OS and then make entries for that in ur present bootmanager or vice versa

u need to copy the kernel file and intrd file form a /boot dir. of an OS to the the /boot where the bootmngr is installed and make entries for that in the grub/lilo.conf u use

Old 06-11-2005, 06:20 AM   #3
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You can always install the boot manager on a floppy disk, configure BIOS to boot from floppy and you won't need to worry about the bootloader getting overwritten any more.
Old 06-11-2005, 08:07 AM   #4
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Originally posted by masand
kubuntu does! and a few others, too.

I'll think about it further. I already have my own tiny linux on floppy now.
Let's see if I can get that workin fine.


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