Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: Sep. 21 2005,22:37
I was so impressed with DSL frugal that I decided to run it on my 'good' PC (2.5 gHz Dell with 256M RAM). I wanted to dual boot with WinXP and I had a bit of trouble getting to both drives, so I thought I'd post my notes. I'm sure there are other ways to do it, but this worked for me. Installing frugal to the slave drive failed as the Windows MBR is still in control of the boot on the master drive.
1. Need running install of XP on existing drive. This seems to be really important as Windows will write over the MBR on the master (first) drive. I'm not sure that you can install windows to the slave drive and keep the windows bootloader off the MBR on the master.
2. Move this drive and make it the slave. Install the second drive as the master. This will be the DSL drive and will have grub bootloader. It really surprised me that this works, but it did.
3. Boot on CD/floppy and prepare and format the partitions as described elsewhere. Of course, don't touch the second hdb drives or partitions.
4. Reboot and do a frugal - grub installation. Remember that you're putting all of this on partitions on the first (hda) drive.
5. Reboot and open a terminal window. Now we'll mount hda1 and edit the menu.lst for grub:
Comment out and revise the DSL sections as desired.
Uncomment the windows section and revise as follows:
title = Windows
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
NOTE - the map command will not work without the space between the two sets of paragraphs.
We're mapping the drives to 'fool' windows so I guess it thinks it's on the boot drive. Beats me, it works.
6. Reboot and hopefully it works.