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Old 07-23-2006, 04:13 AM   #1
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how can i check certain details on a newly installed linux?

i've just installed dual-boot winxp and fc5.fc5 is installed using the default installation where it partitions itself automatically.everything seems ok during installation and i can get it to dual boot with grub(suppose to be installed at mbr via default).

1)however,i realise that certain hardware may not be properly installed with the "drivers" or so.or just to ensure tat everything is in placed,how can i check if the drivers are installed properly or is there anyway to do so?

2)how can i create a copy of the linux boot sector onto a floppy?as i have read that u can do so using the following comand:
"Mount the floppy drive if it's not mounted (assumes /mnt/floppy exists): mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Run the following command: dd if=/dev/hda2 of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1
Substitute the path for the if= parameter (the input file) with the appropriate partition from the previous step. E.g., set if= to /dev/hda2."
but my floppy does not exist under /mnt..

3)Is there any method if i wana use windows bootloader to dual boot instead of grub?

please advice.
Old 07-23-2006, 04:20 AM   #2
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1. lspci should show all your pci devices, lsmod should show the driver's loaded. however the best way to see if a device works or not is to try them out IMO.

2. but my floppy does not exist under /mnt. what do you mean by that? your floppy should be mounted under /mnt/floppy as a result of this command mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

3. yes there is one but i haven't used it and i have heard its complicated process. better to stick with lilo or grub, which ever you desire.
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There may be a /media/floppy directory. If not, you can create one or just mount the floppy on /mnt and change your dd command.
Old 07-27-2006, 08:12 AM   #4
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hi there again

ive tried this installation where i put my grub to the / trying to copy the linux boot sector to floppy using the command

mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
followed by
dd if=/dev/sda6 of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1
but the error"/mnt/floppy does not exist" just after the first line.

so i added
mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/floppy
followed by the two lines above and the same error msg comes out after the 3rd last line...

im sure my floppy disk is working fine just before that as ive tested it.And have also ensure the location of the file is at /dev/sda6 after running the df command.(understand that the file resides at the /boot)

these are done at the recovery console of fc5 and have run
chroot /mnt/sysimage.

Any idea wads wrong with it or any other solution to copy the linux boot sector?


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