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Thanks for reading my post and any suggestion is welcomed. HW: 1. Sony GRZ610 laptop: P2.0GHz; 256MB; 40GB HD; DVD/CDRW combo; no floppy drive. OS: 1. Win XP in first partition of 25 GB. 2. RH9 in second partition of 15GB. 2.4.20-8 kernel. All rh9, except swap disk, is in one partition. 3. various drivers doesn't work in this kernel: modem, wireless, usb. and I am about to recompile kernel with acpi support and this brings me the concern of my current boot situation. 4. Only connection I have from rh9 is ethernet. The problem is really about the grub. ...

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    Default boot challenge to this hardware configuration.

    Thanks for reading my post and any suggestion is welcomed.

    HW:
    1. Sony GRZ610 laptop: P2.0GHz; 256MB; 40GB HD; DVD/CDRW combo; no
    floppy drive.

    OS:
    1. Win XP in first partition of 25 GB.
    2. RH9 in second partition of 15GB. 2.4.20-8 kernel. All rh9, except
    swap disk, is in one partition.
    3. various drivers doesn't work in this kernel: modem, wireless, usb.
    and I am about to recompile kernel with acpi support and this brings
    me the concern of my current boot situation.
    4. Only connection I have from rh9 is ethernet.

    The problem is really about the grub. It seems that I can't back up
    boot img during rh installation b/c of no floppy driver. The only
    choice I can place grub during installation is the MBR, although this
    is the least thing I want to do. (not sure if linux still have 8GB
    restriction for boot img).

    Since the original xp MBR is replaced with grub, if I crashed grub I
    am afraid I will lose xp too. Therefore, can I recover MBR back with
    the xp boot.ini and copy rh's boot img to xp? If I unluckily have to
    reinstall rh9, how can I have grub not to replace the mbr?

    (I used to place boot.img in xp when I had a floppy on my old laptop.)

    Thanks very much.
    Andy Guest

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    Default Re: boot challenge to this hardware configuration.

    Andy wrote:
     

    .... install it (grub) to the root partition and use the
    nt boot loader to boot Linux
    http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/cats/running_multiple.html
    ..
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    mjt Guest

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    Default Re: boot challenge to this hardware configuration.

    Thank you for your suggestion. However, you may miss the point that
    this computer system doesn't have a floppy driver. So when intalled
    linux to boot partition. The nt loader will never get chance to be
    informed of linux system, since linux needs to be boot once to get
    boot.img. You see the deadlock?
    Andy Guest

  4. #4

    Default Re: boot challenge to this hardware configuration.

    On Sat, 27 Sep 2003 07:57:25 -0700, Andy typed:
     

    No problem.

    Boot with the first RH9 CD at the prompt type; linux rescue

    Read the screens carefully, they will tell you how to use chroot

    After booting install grub to the first Linux partition;

    http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/ref-guide/s1-grub-installing.html

    Follow the instructions here;

    http://www.redhat.com/advice/tips/dualboot.html

    Download and install;

    http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm

    Copy the bootsect.lnx file to the root of your primary XP partition(C:\)


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