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Old 07-28-2004, 08:58 PM   #1
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How create boot disks so can try RH 8.0

Have XP Pro and RH 8.0 setup for me in dual boot. Total newbie (didn't realize supposed to use a nickname..) Can't figure out the first step: the exact shell command to create dual boot disc so if GRUB loader corrupted I can get back to it.

TIA, and hope I in fact get email notification of replies; never used one of these boards before...

Old 07-29-2004, 06:10 PM   #2
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Member Intro is a good place to say hello, but questions should be posted to other forums.

I don't fully understand the question. Do you mean that you want an exact copy of your current GRUB configuration, but booting from floppy, not from the disk?
Old 07-29-2004, 06:53 PM   #3
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Hi Mara,

Thanks so much for your reply.

My best answer is "I think so." The executive's exact words in his email to me when he installed a dual boot GRUB on my extra hard drive was: "I recommend to prepare dual boot floppy just in case dual boot loader fails. Please check make-boot-floppy." This has prevented me from doing any more than create user account which I use always so I'm never root. (This much I know!)

I can't give you an exact answer to your question because the executive's first language is Japanese, so he may not mean "floppy" literally. i.e.. perhaps he meant onto a CD-ROM??

When I studied RH 8.0's Geting Started Guide and in my user account entered "man mkbootdisk" at the shell prompt, I tried various switches after the command, but got only "command not recognized."

Also, this is the first time I've used a bulletin board--should I change away from using my name here to a nickname instead? (As I have only a slow dial-up, think it's great, by the way, that I get e-mail notification there's been a reply. Saves a lot of checking in to find out...)

Finally, is there a basic book I should buy (disabled for ten years, so can't afford more than that.) I found "Mastering XP Pro" was good to do just that.

Is there something similar, with very specific step by step instructions, for RH 8? (For example, the smp choice on my RH dual boot (I have dual Xeon processors to work my special monitor) won't launch at all.. X server failure message...

Many TIA,

Simon Lewis
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mkbootdisk is one of the options. You can try it with full path when you're non-root, so the command will be
It'll probably require one parameter - kernel you want to have on that disk. I recommend the one you're running (after all it's probably the only one you have). If you're not sure which kernel you're running run
uname -a
Kernel version is in the third field. You'll get something like
Linux mara 2.4.26 #1 Sun Aug 1 00:12:30 CEST 2003 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux
In the example above it's '2.4.26', so the mkbootdisk command would be
/sbin/mkbootdisk 2.4.26

Note that it may not work as non-root. If that's the case, do the following:
(then type root password when you're asked)
/sbin/mkbootdisk <kernel>
('exit' command returns you back to non-root mode).

I don't think you can change your login that easily. In fact, there are people who use their real names as nicknames, so it's not strange at all. If you'd really like to change it, you'd need to contact Jeremy (the site owner).

I can't name a book I recommend. There are many and cover different subjects. The thing is that every book is not enough in a very short time when you get deeper into Linux.

Your configuration is not very common, so I don't think you'd find one document to describe it. When you mention the smp choice and X server error it looks there are two problems, not just one (but can't say for sure without more info).
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this may help:

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Actually, he said Red Hat 8.0. , so Red Hat 8 Rescue Mode would be more appropriate.

# Red Hat & Fedora links
Did you download? See: Installing from a Hard Drive
Red Hat 9 Rescue Mode
Red Hat 8 Rescue Mode
The Fedora HOWTO explains the different software managers.
Red Hat Linux Manuals
Get your mp3 support here
Maximum RPM
Easier software management: apt4rpm - Red Carpet
Red Hat 8.0 Tips & Tricks
# Red Hat 7.3 down configuration commands
setup leads to several configuration tools
# Red Hat 7.3 up configuration commands
Configure soundcard:
Configure X server:
Configure network:
Manage software:
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Package Management Tool
Red Hat 9.0 Package Management Tool
Manage users
# Handling NTFS
New Technology FileSystem (NTFS) HOWTOs
Linux NTFS project


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