Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fedora 9 continued

Ok, got the Dual-Boot thing figured out. Actually was simply to do, just hard to understand for a non-linux newbie.

Boot using the Fedora install CD-1 and go with rescue mode. This unfortunately puts you into a linux geek programmers "shell". (Think msdos c: prompt where you don't know any commands.) Create a mount point ("mkdir /mnt/floppy"), then mount the floppy disk ("mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy"). Next find where you installed the linux boot loader, which I did not install in the boot sector Master Boor Record but rather in the /boot directory ("df"), this shows /boot is at hard drive location "/dev/sdb1". Next make a file out of the raw bytes of the linux hard drive boot sector, or rather where you installed the linux boot loader ("dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1"). That's it for the linux part. The file is now on your dos floppy. (This assumes the floppy was formatted by windohs already).

Now I reboot into windows and copy the linux.bin file into the C:\ directory. Then right-click on my computer and open Properties. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery. Under System Startup, click Edit. This opens the Windohs Boot.ini file in Notepad ready for editing. Add a new line at the bottom ( C:\linux.bin="Fedora-9 Linux" ). Save and close and your all set.

NOW MY QUESTION IS. . .

If so many people are linux newbies wanting to dual boot, WHY doesn't the Fedora install include at least helping you make the "linux.bin" file onto a floppy???? We newbies don't know about Mount-Points and Mounting and "dd" Raw Data copying.

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