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#1 2005-11-06 16:56:13

usenix
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From: Bremen, EU
Registered: 2004-06-30
Posts: 14

installing bootloader on floppy?

hi everybody,

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?

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#2 2005-11-06 17:01:18

T-Dawg
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From: Wilmington, NC
Registered: 2005-01-29
Posts: 2,734

Re: installing bootloader on floppy?

can't you switch to a terminal while in the install disk and do
grub-install /dev/fd0?

EDIT: or the grub> root (x,y) setup route?

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#3 2005-11-11 22:16:47

usenix
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From: Bremen, EU
Registered: 2004-06-30
Posts: 14

Re: installing bootloader on floppy?

without success. but at least i can boot arch with a start disk from an ancient suse installation which had the same partition scheme.

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#4 2005-11-12 12:52:32

paperinik
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Registered: 2005-05-25
Posts: 46

Re: installing bootloader on floppy?

usenix wrote:

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:

default 0
timeout 5

title ArchLinux
root (hd0,x)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hdax ro

Once done, do these commands:
grub
root (hd0,x)
setup (hd0)
quit


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.

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