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Old 07-09-2002, 12:14 AM   #1
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Question Getting bootdisk to mount root from cd-rw? HELP!

Hey all. I dumped Zipslack onto one of my cdrws, and cooked up a boot floppy with rawrite (using bare.i). Got a bootdisk cause I'm running Win ME, and I don't wanna patch the system for DOS if I don't have to.
Anyway, how do I get the bootloader on the floppy to recognise a root file system on the cdrom?? a la ROOT= ect.... I've seen plenty examples with hard drives, hda, hdb, but nothing to point to a rom drive for the root filesystem. I am running under some intense space contraints on my hd, so putting the distro there (even Zipslack) makes no sense for me right now. Any help would be greatly appreceated. Thanks in advance.

Old 07-09-2002, 02:07 AM   #2
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Do you mean like at a boot prompt how to specify the root directory? Not sure about a cdrw in a cdrom drive but you can always try at boot:

root = /dev/hdxx

usually where the first x is the corresponding controller.. like if your have the cdrom on the secondary primary IDE, it would be /dev/hdc and usually you specify the number of the parition, in which your case the cdrw probably doesn't have one. I would try just /dev/hdc or whatever your cdrom is connected to.

hda = Primary IDE
hdb = Primary Slave IDE
hdc = Secondary IDE
hdd = Secondary Slave IDE

Not sure if that would work, maybe someone else has an idea.


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