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Old 12-13-2004, 03:46 PM   #1
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Need boot floppy to change active partition


I'm attempting to dual booted Win2000 and Mandrake 10.1
I want to use the Windows boot manger. I got this
to work just great before for 10.0, by copying
the bootsect.lnx file to my windows partition and
setting the NT loader to use that file. However, when
I re-installed 10.1, my floppy drive on my dock physically died, so
I was unable to create a boot floppy during the install
of 10.1. What complicates the process even more
is that this is on a thinkpad X24 notebook, and my
only access for the CDROM and floppy is through the
Ultrabase dock. I AM able to boot the computer from
floppy ONLY when the dock is not attached and I'm
using a separate working external USB floppy drive.

So, here is where I stand: Working Win2000 install on
the first partition, and a supposedly working 10.1 install
on hda5, the first linux partition. The lilo bootloader is
installed on hda5. All I need now is to create a Mnke 10.1
boot floppy that allows me to get to a console prompt to
allow me to switch the active partition to the linux partition,
thereby allowing me to boot to that partition to go through
the process of creating a new bootsect.lnx file.

What is the step by step process of doing this? I made
a 10.1 boot floppy from rawwritewin, but when booting
from this it does not give me a console prompt, and even
if it did, I'm not sure what commands to write in order to
change the active patition.

Can anyone give me some advice? I'm really new to linux
commands, and have learned most things so far from google
searches of newsgroups.


Old 12-13-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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You can use which includes fdisk.

Any DOS boot floppy disk with fdisk can also change the boot flag.


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