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Old 12-03-2004, 05:22 PM   #16
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Ouch, that's downright painful...

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Old 12-14-2004, 07:21 AM   #17
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you might want to try the SimplyMepis distro. I've had it running on a pentium 200 with 128MB ram and 2gig hard drive - not super fast but ok. With what you have it should run fairly quick.
It's a Debian based distro:
Boots as a live CD with an installation manager.
2004.04 seems to lack the option to make a boot floppy, but 2004.03 does have it.
Old 12-14-2004, 10:47 AM   #18
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what I have done on my box is (in other words my working configuration)

1) left the Windows 2000 boot manager intact

2) for the additional distros on my box (Mepis, Xandros, Fedora 2, Suse 9) I have installed their
particular boot manager (lilo or grub) to their root partiton (and made a backup boot disk)

3) from a console (super user mode) entered the following command (with the partition in
question already being mounted):
dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/bootmepis.lnx count=1
dd if=/dev/hda4 of=/bootxandros.lnx count=1
dd if=/dev/hda6 of=/bootfedora2.lnx count=1 (this is in a logical partition)
dd if=/dev/hda7 of=/bootsuse.lnx count=1 (also a logical partition)

4) make sure the floppy drive is mounted with a formatted (fat12) disk in it and then:
cp /*.lnx /dev/fd0

5) boot into Windows 2000 (or XP or NT)

6) copy the *.lnx files from the floppy to the windows root directory

7) edit the boot.ini file to add the following line(s) (the file is natively read only):
C:\bootmepis.lnx="Mepis Linux"
C:\bootxandros.lnx="Xandros Linux"
C:\bootfedora2.lnx="Fedora 2 Linux"
C:\bootsuse.lnx="Suse Linux"

8) make sure that the timeout value does NOT = zero, save the file, reset the properties to
read only

9) reboot and make your choice - which in the case of the linux distros you will go to its
boot manager

who knows you may even be able to add OS2 in the same way (creating the OS2 file
from within linux first)

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