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Old 07-13-2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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boot disk


i'm a total newbie so this is probably a question that has been asked before. All though i looked at the forums and i couldn't seem to find just what i wanted.

I just bought Suse 9.3 but i have a small problem with booting.

I also run Windows XP so i want to switch with the two. But i also have a keyboard and mouse that's connected with 'bleutooth' and isn't recognised when i need to select the system i want to use (XP or SUSE).

I now every time need to unplug my keyboard out of my USB and put 'em in the th other slots (can't think of the right name just now) if i want to change from system. And if i want to use Windows XP i have to do that 2 times cause my mouse doesn't work properly if i keep it in the non USB slot.

Now is it possible to boot on a diskette with Suse 9.3?
I noticed that, to do that you need to make 6 diskettes, is that right?
Or is there a way to have that on 1 disk?

If you could help me with this, cause it's a real hassle right now.

Thanks in advance,
Old 07-14-2005, 12:04 PM   #2
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Try mkbootdisk /dev/fd0 or something like that.

Also you could use the Win XP bootloader it is the same method as Windows NT.
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I also saw in the administration guide that you could make a bootable CD-Rom.
But it's a bit of programming and i don't know much about that.
I don't seem to have "stage2_eltorito" that i need to put on the CD. Do i have to make this myself?

Does anyone know how to do this properly? is there maybe a guide around?

Thanks in advance,

PS: I found out that i have to make 6 bootdiskettes to boot it and that's more of a hassle than the keyboard switch. But thanks anyway
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Floppy-diskettes are beastly slow, and very unreliable.

If you want to, make a bootable CD-ROM. But... let's be honest... your distro probably already has a media that can be booted into a "rescue mode," and if not, there are plenty of things like knoppix that do.

What you should spend some time doing, instead, is trying out those bootable disks, when your system is working just fine, so that you better understand how those environments will work ... before you need one. That will be time very well-spent.

You probably should plan on having a "wired" connection for your keyboard and mouse, because even though Bluetooth may be convenient once the system is up-and-running, it might be a bit too much to expect those drivers to be available at boot-time... especially dual-boot. Certainly the boot-loader won't be prepared to talk to Bluetooth. And I just don't think that the "futz time" required to make such a thing work, if you could do it, would ever be worth the investment. It's a "cut your losses and plan on doing something else" thing. Keyboards are cheap. So are wired mice.


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