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Old 03-24-2005, 11:56 PM   #1
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making a linux boot disk from windows?


i just installed fedora on my pc. i did not want to write to the mbr, and the partition is passed the 1024 boundary anyways, so imade a boot floppy. but the boot floppy is defecitve.

i can only boot to windows. how can i create a boot disk? is there a program that will write grub to a floppy? (i can manually boot from the grub prompt if i can get that working)

Old 03-25-2005, 12:55 AM   #2
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I don't think so FCx comes with floppy images any more but you can alwasy find is

All of these can be burn on CD from windowz and then boot into linux and fix or create new boot floopy disk...

Also get to open ISO images under windows and you can use your cd burn software (like nero) to burn it or even boot from your 1st CD of linux and fix the problem,,,

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Old 03-25-2005, 02:10 AM   #3
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ok, maybe i jumped to conclusions too fast. i got a copy of grub on a cd, and after futher diagnostics, i dont know what is wrong.

now when im booting i get

Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel

happend on fresh installs of both fedora core one, and now fedora core two.

in grub this is what i did:

root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-(versionwhatever).extension
initrd /boot/initrdimgfile(versionwhatever).extension

and also (not really knowing what i was doing):

root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-(versionwhatever).extension initrd=/boot/initrdfilenamehere
initrd /boot/initrdimgfile(versionwhatever).extension

Old 03-25-2005, 03:14 AM   #4
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I use lilo and whenever I hit over a "init not foud" error this is what I do.
use a Linux Boot CD and recover the linux kernel image (which is something like /boot/vmlinuz) and dump it in some partition which you can access using windows.
get back to the window DOS mode, and boot into linux using loadlin.
you'll have to do some googling to get to the loadlin executable.
go to the directory which has both the loadlin.exe and vmlinuz
at the dos prompt type this command
loadlin vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 (or wherever your linux installation is)

This should get you booted in Linux. Now from there try fixing grub or install lilo. I personally feel lilo has a simpler mechanism and is easier to understand and edit.

Its your call now



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