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Old 10-04-2003, 03:56 PM   #1
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Making a Boot Floppy w/RH9 ??

I have reviewed many posts here and the RH documentation, but I am still really confused on how to make a boot floppy during my upcoming RH9 install.

I have a computer that has 2 hard drives. The first is windows XP and the second is blank at the moment. I obviously want to install Linux to this drive.

I have heard so many horror stories about installing this way, and letting RH install GRUB. Seems that nearly everyone ends up with a system where something wont boot. Either Windows wont or Linux wont. Most often its Windows. But all the documentation says this can be done. So it leads me to believe that either GRUB isnt that good a tool, or the people installing are missing a critical step.

But even seasoned Linux pros admit that you shouldnt allow GRUB to modify the MBR. So.. could someone please tell me, HOW you make a boot floppy in the RH9 install process. It seems to give you no such option that I can see in the documentation. Im sure there must be some step that is necessary.

Thanks very much.

Old 10-04-2003, 05:13 PM   #2
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Redhat 9 should ask you whether to create one or not before the actuall OS installation takes place. btw, I'm a newby as well.
Old 10-04-2003, 06:22 PM   #3
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If I remember correctly it'll prompt you for creating a bootdisk after it finished installing the packages, you can't miss it as long as you're in front of your PC during the installation.

If you're really paranoid about grub taking over your MBR, you don't have to use grub, redhat also comes with lilo. Besides, grub does NOT have to live in the MBR even if you want to use it to dual boot, it will work as long as its on the bootsector of the active partition on the first bootable harddisk, provided that you have a mbr that blindly boots the active partition(eg. what you get after doing "fdisk /mbr" in dos)

I would suggest that if you want to use either grub or lilo as the main bootloader, first make a winxp boot disk. You can make one by doing "format a:" inside a winxp command prompt, then copy boot.ini, ntldr and into it, note that these files are hidden system files. Alternatively you can use the nt bootloader to load linux, choose to install lilo/grub(grub is recommended) to the bootsector of the partition, be sure to create a bootdisk during installation, boot with the disk, once you're in linux use the dd command to extract the bootsector. For example if its the first partition on secondary master on a standard ide system, you do:

dd if=/dev/hdc1 of=redhat.bin bs=512 count=1

then copy redhat.bin to the drive where your ntldr is, then add:


to your boot.ini, and Bob's your uncle.

Last edited by Demonbane; 10-04-2003 at 06:25 PM.


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