during the installation of arch there is apparently no way to install grub on the floppy drive. i must not overwrite the mbr since it is a computer at work. have you any suggestions how to install archlinux in a manner that i can boot it from floppy?
can't you switch to a terminal while in the install disk and do
EDIT: or the grub> root (x,y) setup route?
without success. but at least i can boot arch with a start disk from an ancient suse installation which had the same partition scheme.
have you any suggestions how to install archlinux in a manner that i can boot it from floppy?
You can create a boot floppy while you're logged to your ArchLinux or from any live-cd, like Knoppix. Just mount the floppy, mkdir -p /boot/grub, copy stage1 & stage2 to /boot/grub, create menu.lst in /boot/grub and put it this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hdax ro
Once done, do these commands:
Note: change x with your partition. In root (hd0,x), change x with 0 if your partition is /dev/hda1 (change it with 1 if your partion is /dev/hda2, etc). in root=/dev/hdax, leave the number as is; 1 if the partition is /dev/hda1.