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Old 01-22-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Changes required for 1.0x vs. 2.xx puppy dual boot?

I'm finding lots of documentation on dual-booting 1.0n versions of puppy linux on Windows machines, but not too much on the changes required to do the same thing with 2.nn versions. Can anyone offer suggestions, or links where to look?
Old 01-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #2
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There's less discussion about 2.xx because it has the Universal Installer with semi-automated GRUB setup.

Since you're working on experimental machines, you could just try it out. After installing GRUB, check the /boot/grub/menu.lst file to make sure the partition numbering is correct. IIRR, the GRUB installation script automatically includes a stanza to boot Windows if it finds a FAT partition.

Old 01-22-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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Question was a result of trying to use the puppy xpinstaller program.

..found on the net. It seems to be oriented towards the 1.0n versions of puppy. It defaults to creating the .001 file and a menu with the image.gz entry instead of the 2.nn versions. I ran the xp-installer and now am trying to tweak the result. Maybe I need to learn grub from scratch. I keep trying puppy because I like the small, light footprint. The live cd version runs in ram. Very cool. All I really need for my testing is ftp, nfs mount and cifs mount. Thanks for your response and patience.
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Depending on your experience, this might take a few hours to understand and set-up but you can have a lot of simple fun if you set-up your hard-drive and live distro hard-drive installs. This will allow you to set-up a nice stable system for everyday use but also allow you to test the new releases quickly and easily whether it is slax, puppy, grafpup, pizzapup, etc.

1. Format hard drive with the following:
- small partition for grub
- a bunch of 1Gb partitions for your live distros
- remaining partition is your permanent storage of music, videos, data, etc.

2. Install grub to small partition as per this ...

3. Copy contents of your puppy cd to one of your partitions.

4. Then configure grub to point to the relevant files that you just copied over.

All done. You actually dont need to even burn the iso. You can just mount like this ... mount -o loop -t iso9660 filename.iso /mnt/iso. You may need to a mkdir /mnt/iso.

This is what your grub command should look something like ...
root (hd0,4)
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 nopcmcia
initrd /initrd.gz

then so on for your next partitions etc etc.

Oh and by the way, even though it is still installed to hard-drive, it still runs in ram so it is fast and it is very quick copying to ram each boot-up.


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