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Old 01-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy PuppyLinux only wanted to boot from hard disk, don't need/want Windows

I have a donated P.C. was running very slow XP. So I removed all windows to preserve privacy of donation owner.

Can I do without GRUB,
System will run puppy fine if I allow it to boot from CD.
I would like to have it just boot up to Puppy.

following facts:

Computer : hp pavilion xt938
Phoenix Bios Rev. 3.08 08/31/01
Core ver. 4.06
Primary Maxtor 4D060H3-(PM)
Installed Memory 256MB/100 MHz

Boot Device Priority:
-Removable Devices
Legacy Floppy Drives
-Hard Drive
Maxtor 4D060H3-(PM)
Bootable Add-in Cards

Cfdisk info:
Name Flags Part Type FS Type Label Size
Unusable 131.61
Sda1 Boot Primary FAT16 1077.52
Sda4 Primary W95 FAT32 847.21
Sda2 Primary Linux swap/ Solars 5116.13
Sda3 Primary Linux ext3 54303.30

Question: is there a way in Cfdisk to copy the screen, I see a p for print command but, it just prints to the screen, how can I copy this data without re-typing it?

Message from grub, couldn’t make understand enough to fix…
Grub was successfully installed on the linux partition /dev/sda3. You should check and edit the ‘/boot/grub/menu.lst’ file on ‘/dev’sda3’, if needed. You may want to change the location ‘/boot/vmlinuz’, and /or options passed to any Linux kernel listed there.

GRUB Loading stage1.5
GRUB loading, please wait…
Error 17

# GRUB configuration file '/boot/grub/menu.lst'.
# generated by 'grubconfig'. Mon Jan 11 14:51:35 2010
# Start GRUB global section
#timeout 30
color light-gray/blue black/light-gray
# End GRUB global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
title Linux (on /dev/sda3)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda3 ro vga=normal
# Linux bootable partition config ends
title Install GRUB to floppy disk (on /dev/fd0)
pause Insert a formatted floppy disk and press enter.
root (hd0,2)
setup (fd0)
pause Press enter to continue.
title Install GRUB to Linux partition (on /dev/sda3)
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0,2)
pause Press enter to continue.
title - For help press 'c', then type: 'help'
root (hd0)
title - For usage examples, type: 'cat /boot/grub/usage.txt'
root (hd0)

Last edited by myhilo; 01-13-2010 at 05:01 PM. Reason: Solved
Old 01-12-2010, 09:03 PM   #2
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To Me it looks like lots of partitions for a "puppy only" install. I generally use two partitions 1 as ext3, and a swap, for a puppy only box. Therefor, I do indeed use grub, install all defaults Except, I always put grub to MBR, when doing Full Installs!
Sorry I don't use cfdisk... I use GParted so I can't comment on that part!
HTH at least some

Last edited by racepres; 01-12-2010 at 09:06 PM. Reason: sp
Old 01-13-2010, 02:13 PM   #3
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I did put grub into Sda1 Boot Primary FAT16 1077.52 which was the partition created by Windows and I am assuming therefore is the MBR.

Cfdisk info:
Name Flags Part Type FS Type Label Size My Descriptions of each partition
Unusable 131.61 a 'blank' partition to exclude (errors?)
Sda1 Boot Primary FAT16 1077.52 Windows install created partition w MBR
Sda4 Primary W95 FAT32 847.21 another 'blank' partition to exclude (errors?)
Sda2 Primary Linux swap/ Solars 5116.13 Puppy Linux swap partition
Sda3 Primary Linux ext3 54303.30 rest of disk for Puppy linux


If I am want to use only puppy Linux why do I need grub at all? Grub seems to fail no matter how many times I install and I can't find a correction. So, isn't Grub for multi-boot systems, such as Windows and/or Linux? Can I remove Grub and only install Puppy?

Is there a way when running Puppy Linux to cut and paste windows so I can show what Gparted or other programs are showing?
Old 01-13-2010, 02:27 PM   #4
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No, Grub (or Lilo) is the bootloader that start Linux even in a single-OS environment, and it must be placed on the MBR, not a file or even boot partition. With the Puppy installer, you select MBR from the drop-down menu on the dialog box.
Old 01-13-2010, 05:16 PM   #5
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I just had done something to screw up grub. So all efforts to fix grub failed because each time I thought I had fixed it, the next boot w/o a CD would fail on Grub error 17.

I found which stepped me though all the steps to use Gparted correctly and now it works as it should.

I still would like to know how to do screen prints in Linux so I can get further help as I learn without typing info on another system as I look at a Linux system.

So, any suggestions on next things I will need to learn to ditch Windows completely,
I need Microsoft Money to do my on-line banking reconciliation. Is there a site where I can go to find equivalent programs for Linux?



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