Why Does My Boot Floppy Boot a Frugal DSL install
Forum: User Feedback
Topic: Why Does My Boot Floppy Boot a Frugal DSL install
started by: stewjack
Posted by stewjack on Mar. 25 2006,20:21It may seem like a stupid question, but I did a successful lilo frugal install,
of DSL ver. 2.2b, and discovered that lilo wouldn't let me boot back into
WIN98SE. So I did an fdisk /MBR, and was preparing to forget about DSL,
when I accidentally booted DSL with my boot disk!
I need to use the boot code, noscsi, with the CD or the system hangs,
but not with my boot disk! It doesn't work with a HD install, I already tried that.
Will this method of booting cause me any problems? Is it just as good as grub or lilo? Why won't it work on the HD install?
Posted by roberts on Mar. 25 2006,20:31Frugal Grub is much better to use if you have windows.
It assumes that Windows is installed on hda1 and creates a grub boot menu item for it when prompted.
Fruagl Lilo is good for CF or other dedicated devices.
Although either can be used.
The default boot options vary with different boot devices.
You would have to check for the noscsi option on each of the boot devices depending on the install type, it could be in isolinux.cfg or syslinux.cfg, or lilo.conf or grub's menu.lst, or prehaps some other bootloader that you may be using.
Posted by stewjack on Mar. 26 2006,04:42
Is their any specific problem with booting by floppy? I find it to be more convienent than either lilo or grub because I only boot into DSL every few days. I am learning about Linux in my spare time.
My active WIN98SE partition is on hda4, hda1 is a hidden partition.
If you are not aware of a specific problems with booting by floppy I am going to continue using this undocumented procedure. I like it, but I was worried because apparently no one else was using it!
Thanks for your reply,