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ntalektual 11-04-2003 09:57 AM

Suse Installation
 
I'm trying to install Suse 8.2 on a triple boot with XP and Redhat 9.0
and I'm wondering if there is a way for me to install suse without installing a boot loader and use a floppy to boot. In YAST when I go to the boot options it give choices of which boot loader to install and where to install it, but I don't see a choice of not to install a boot loader.


Thanks in advance

shock_ez 11-04-2003 10:48 AM

I think if you let it install GRUB like it wants to, you'll probably be OK. It will just have options for RedHat and Windows...But of course I don't know too much about bootloaders so I can't guarantee that :(

Thus far my experience with grub has been very good...what bootloader do you use now for your current dual-boot system (redhat and windows)?

ntalektual 11-04-2003 01:14 PM

I don't have a boot loader. I use a floppy boot disk. I have used GRUB before and it worked good. It is just that I would rather have floppies to boot linux. Becaues I'm trying out various distros and change frequently.

shock_ez 11-05-2003 04:33 PM

Hmm.

I don't remember the SuSE boot options screen during installation...you would think they would give you some option...but they don't have anything like "advanced" or anything like that?

CloudBuilder 11-05-2003 06:39 PM

Re: Suse Installation
 
Quote:

Originally posted by ntalektual
I'm trying to install Suse 8.2 on a triple boot with XP and Redhat 9.0
and I'm wondering if there is a way for me to install suse without installing a boot loader and use a floppy to boot. In YAST when I go to the boot options it give choices of which boot loader to install and where to install it, but I don't see a choice of not to install a boot loader.


Thanks in advance

At install Suse installs Grub in such a way, that other Linux OS's are no longer boot-able (only SUSE and Win). Windows stays bootable. You have to edit the config file from Grub to get you other OS's back.

If you have a boot CD and you use it at start up, Suse asks you if it should start from Disk or install. If you choose from disk, it will start. ( it is also used for emergency) If I'm well informed even the seconds cd has also this feature.

So you could throw away the grub install, or simply write back the windows MBR and boot with CD.

It also offers you the possibility to make an emergency disk, so you can start of this disk.

I prefer Grub. I have 3 distro's + winme, works fine.

CB


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