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Old 05-11-2004, 11:41 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I tried to find the answer for my question within the board but it seems that I'm maybe to dump to understand it.

The following problem keeps me bussy since at least two weeks.

I want to install linux suse 9.x
pc 3200 amd 64 bit cpu
sata via raid 500 gb ntfs windows XP (c
sata promise 250 gb 100 gb fat32 (thats actually where the suse installation files are located) shared between linux und windows the rest of this hdd is reserved for the swap and the native linux partition
ide hdd 160 gb ntfs windows xp (d

Installation is no problem until I have to identify the mountpoints for grub. According to the suse information i have, the mountpoints for the windows installation will be selected automatically but thats crap. The raid system is windows c but the automatic selection points to the ide hdd.

what exactly should i define as mount points and what do i have to enter (just a / or windows c or ... ???). i honestly have no clue about that.

can someone help me on that one. i know its supposed to be very easy but i already fucked up twice and its realy anoying getting this grub error and not being able to do anything afterwards.

thanks a lot in advance

ps. its my first linux installtion and i realy want to learn that shit, lol
Old 05-12-2004, 12:04 AM   #2
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from what i know grub can't boot from raid.
i don't know if it's only for software raid or for hardware raid also. see if you can choose lilo during the install instead. once it's in, then have the root= pointing to where the root is. you will have to add a line to the config file.
raid-extra-boot= the drives

append="failsafe devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=off"
append="devfs=mount acpi=off"

that's part of mine. take a look at the root, and then take a look at the extra line in the arguments in the top part.
once it's done, you will have to run /sbin/lilo to get it to install on the mbr, or the /boot.

one thing that you could do is to write your grub to a floppy so that you can still boot the machine. once it's booted into linux, the grab lilo from the suse mirrors and install it.
man lilo.conf does a good job of explaining things.
Old 05-12-2004, 12:11 AM   #3
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whoa, sound way to complicated 4 me but i'll try it will come back with news
Old 05-12-2004, 02:49 PM   #4
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well, I'm now able to boot with the bootcd but I still do not have a clue how to install and configure lilo. but no problem i'll try and if I need further help i'll come back with questions thanks a lot.
Old 05-28-2004, 05:25 PM   #5
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linux on fat32

dude, did you really manage to install your l inux on a fat32 ? not that there is any interrest to it, only that would surprise me


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