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Old 11-28-2003, 06:51 AM   #1
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rh9 bootdisk failed

I've installed on my laptop winxp and rh 9.
no bootloader, I want to boot the linbux from floppy, after creating a disk during the installtion I try to boot via the disk but I keep getting an bootdisk failed, change diosk message.

how can
I fix it? currently I have no way to boot the linux and I don't want to use bootloaders.

help please

Old 11-29-2003, 04:50 AM   #2
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there's no way u can boot into linux without havin a linux bootable disk or a bootloader.
use ur friend's Pc which runs rh9 n create a bootdisk. after u've booted in linux u can create a bootdisk using command 'mkbootdisk' (without quotes).
if u want 2 install a bootloader instead use the linuxconf utility.
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so you say that I can't create an bootdisk without installing an bootloader (which I don't want to install)?

if I install an bootloader to create the bootdisk I'll be able to uninstall the bootloader later without damaging the MBR?

last time I damaged my MBR and I had to reinstall my windows and linux and I don't want to install it again
Old 11-29-2003, 11:56 PM   #4
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how would u b able 2 create a linux bootdisk if u r not booting into linux? n further how wil u b able to install bootloader without going into linux? u either need 2 hav a bootdisk or a bootloader 2 boot into linux.
if u get the bootdisk n booted into linux.... install bootloader.........created another bootdisk................. n now u want 2 uninstall the bootloader from mbr, u can giv the command
fdisk /mbr
(thro' windows command prompt) to clear the bootloader frm ur mbr.
keep ur windows bootable floppy handy for tat.
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I had the same problem with a bootdisk, finally figured out the floppy was bad. It won't tell you that when you make the bootdisk, so now I always read the floppy back in to make sure there are no i/o errors.

I think what was said earlier is that you need to get another boot disk (that works) from a friend and use that to boot. I don't think anyone is saying that you have to use a bootloader, but I couldn't say for sure as I have one installed on my machine (dual boot win98 or rhat v9), but I do know that in the past when re-installing windows it overwrote the MBR and I was still able to boot linux from the floppy.


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