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Old 04-03-2007, 11:53 PM   #1
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How to boot linux without GRUB?

I have Linux installed on hda2 and XP on hda1, the system boots to XP on power up. I do not want GRUB installed and I just want to boot to Linux with a floppy or CD, my attempt to create a boot floppy did not work, probably because of my lack of experience. Can somebody volunteer some instructions or suggestions?

Thank you all in advance.


Old 04-04-2007, 12:39 AM   #2
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Re: How to boot linux without GRUB

I've used the boot floppy from Slackware to boot linux on
hda2. Also included in the Slackware distro is a boot
floppy program which allows you to boot from any media.
This program is nice for those bios's which don't support
boot from cdrom.
Old 04-04-2007, 05:51 AM   #3
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Rep: Reputation: 15 this might by a good solution (less hassle once you have everything set up, it shows you how to boot into linux via the windows bootloader. Grub is still on your computer, but does not interfere with windows.
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What distribution? do you have a Live CD?
Putting GRUB on a floppy is easy enough--and can be done from your installed Linux, or from a live CD
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Thank you for the comments from you and the others, I'm using the CentOS distro and yes it does have a LiveCD. What I understand is a LiveCd is just a scaled-down version which allows your computer to run Linux without installing it. Can you use it to boot to hda2 which is where my Linux resides? If so, please show me how to do so.

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