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Old 02-14-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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Just installed redhat 9.0 but I can't boot to it and I DONT have a floopy drive...???

I am very excited about redhat especially because I am learning it for the first time. I can handle computer jargon pretty easily but here is my problem:
My installation went fine yesterday. I have windows 2000 and I was hoping to dual boot. I am doing this on a laptop (gateway 400, its pretty new). Now I choose GRUB and then tried LILO but to no success. I installed it not to the mbr but the partition since i am running on nt technology. Each time it goes right to windows 2000. I don't have a boot disk because I don't have a floppy drive and I have yet to start linux on my system. So this is a two part problem.
a. how can i boot without using a boot disk (maybe a bootable cd?? looked for it all over but no one seems to have this problem)
b. why is it that lilo and grub are not working... am i doing something wrong (if you need more info please ask)
c. is there another boot program capable of booting to linux
d. help... help... dear god please help.. i have tried everything i can think of
Old 02-14-2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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I'll try to help:

a) You can insert your Install CD1 and go into the rescue mode when the option appears and install Grub or Lilo to your MBR if you want to use one of them as your bootloader.

b) The reason Lilo and/or Grub are not working is because when you boot your PC it will look at the MBR for what it should boot -- either an OS or a bootloader.

c) There are a few of them, a search on google will reveal a few different methods.

d) I'm trying.

Old 02-14-2004, 12:56 PM   #3
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i tried it

thanks for your reply... i loaded my first cd and typed in linux rescue... after which it mounted the image it found and brought me to a prompt... i don't know what to do here to install lilo or grub... if you could please provide me with instructions that would really help me out... another question is that when i was installing linux i was told not to install it on to mbr if i have nt.. which i do... so did i mistake that or you can install it to your mbr... everyone please help me out... i really want to get this thing working
thanks to all


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