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Old 01-19-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
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I just installed redhat 9, during bootloader selection i selected no bootloader so that i could start with a floppy to start my linux. After installation and creation of floppy i botted with the floppy and my floppy got curropted now i need to intsall grub, i tried booting with the cd and intsalling grup but redhat gives me a message after the post intsallation screen boot loader cannot be changed since no kernel rpm packages were intsalled. I am using xp too. Plzz help
 
Old 01-19-2004, 12:26 PM   #2
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I think that the easiest way would be for you to go through the install again as if you were about to reinstall. When you get to the bootloader part, install grub or lilo as you need and then stop the install. You should then be able to reboot and enter Linux or Windows as needed.

Could I ask that in future you supply a more descriptive title? "Please help" tells us nothing about your problem and threads like these often get passed over. A better thread title would have been "New install, Bootloader not installed, Boot Disk corrupt".

That aside, Welcome to LQ.
 
Old 01-19-2004, 12:40 PM   #3
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thx dude for such fat response will take care abt the title next time. "When you get to the bootloader part, install grub or lilo as you need and then stop the install" i did not exactly understand, i shld go for an upgrade and then choose the boot loader and the next step stop intsall how do i do that.
 
Old 01-19-2004, 12:52 PM   #4
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boot loader cannot be changed since no kernel rpm packages were installed
I think this message is misleading, because as far as I remember you can add any old package, a game for instance; and the BootLoader will update when you add the new package.
 
Old 01-19-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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The bootloader will not see that a game has been installed. The bootloader is a small program which passes the arguments to load the OS.

iceman1 - boot from your install disk, choose upgrade (I think I should have said that in my previous post). At some point it will ask you if you want a bootloader and where it should go. I usually choose Grub (personal preference, no real reason) and put it on the MBR (Master Boot Record). Once that part of the upgrade is complete, remove the install disk and reboot the pc. You will then see your bootloader and can choose Win or Linux.
 
Old 01-19-2004, 03:13 PM   #6
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Boot from the 1st install CD and select rescue mode. The root partition will be mounted at /mnt/sysimage.

Then enter the command
chroot /mnt/sysimage

mkbootdisk <kernel-image>

To find out kernel-image the command is
uname -a

Its either mkbootdisk or bootdisk. This will create a boot floppy disk just like you did during the install.
 
Old 01-19-2004, 08:42 PM   #7
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thx guys. I finally figured it out.
 
  


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