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Posted: Jan. 21 2004,03:36 QUOTE

Windows cannot read the partition DSL is on because it is in a file system that Windows cannot read. Windows Me and below can only read Fat32 and Fat16 or plain old fat. Windows XP can read the FatXX and NTFS (or HPFS if you like OS/2) (NTFS stands for New Technology File System which debuted in Windows NT, HPFS is IBMs designation for High Performance File System-- which is th e same as NTFS.. I think IBM developed it first with OS/2, but I could be wrong..)

Anyhoo, Linux can read a multitude of file systems. There is a windows program that can read your linux partition called explore2fs  Website.

This is a read only program, you cannot write to your linux partition from windows. You can write to FAT32 and FAT16 from linux, and you can READ ONLY from NTFS/HPFS, but you cannot  write without corrupting the file system (in my experience).

Anyways... in most Linux systems, there is a "mkbootfloppy" command to make a boot floppy in a linux system. I do not know if it native to DSL, but you may be able to install it via apt-get install mkbootfloppy.

anyone want to help me out on this one?

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Posted: Jan. 22 2004,07:54 QUOTE

mkbootfloppy didnt work. :(
oh well. found the lilo.conf file.
some tips on editing it?

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Posted: Jan. 22 2004,17:27 QUOTE


I think I can help you with this one.  First let me tell you that it isn't going to be possible to use a boot disk to boot Windows.  However, we can getting you booting DSL without one either and the fact that you have Win95 will help.  I will try to be as clear as I can, but I am going to assume you know something about Windows/DOS.  We are going to use Loadlin to boot DSL from a DOS environment.  A full Loadlin user guide can be found at Loadlin User guide

Ok here we go:
1) first you need to go to the following website Loadlin download
and download the file  lodlin16.tgz  do this while in win95

2) Now open up "My Computer" and select your C: drive.  In the C: drive you want to make a folder called "loadlin"

3) Use your favorite zip utility (WinZap, UltimateZip etc) to unzip lodlin16.tgz into the new folder C:\loadlin   if you've done this correctly the loadlin folder should have in it 7 files and 2 new folders.

4) Now reboot your win 95 machine into DOS mode.  You can choose this from the "Shutdown" menu (if you were in Win95).

5) once you are in DOS change directories until you have just a C: prompt.  

6) now move into the loadlin folder (directory) by typing cd loadlin.  if everything is right so far, your prompt should look like c:\loadlin>

7) if you are ready to boot into DSL all you need to do is issue the following command:  

LOADLIN zimage /dev/hdb1 ro vga=3

if the hard drive with DSL on it is not hdb then change this accordingly.  this should start the DSL booting sequence.  

- Now, if you don't want to remember that command, there is a small file included in the lodlin16 package which will do it for you.  it is called linux.bat and at your C:\loadlin> prompt you would type "linux".  be careful though.  this file is set up for a person who has their linux system on hdb2 not hdb1 as you have.  so you would need to edit this file (which is pretty easy to do).  in windows 95, open up WordPad and choose File>Open  then locate your loadlin folder on your C: drive. change the "File Type" box at the bottom to include all files.  within the list of files, you should see linux.bat  open it and you will see about four lines of text, one of which says:

c:\loadlin\loadlin  c:\loadlin\zimage  root=/dev/hdb2  ro  vga=3

simply change the hdb2 to hdb1 and then from the file menu, choose "Save"  close the file and you are all set (do not choose "Save As"...just use "Save"!!!)  now from your
c:\loadlin> prompt type "linux" and the DSL boot sequence should start.

- Also, I am going to assume that currently, when you turn your PC on, it boots to Win95 and not DOS.  which means with these instructions you have to boot Win95 before you can boot DSL...yeah that is kinda slow, but there is a way around that too.  it is not too hard to make a Win95 machine boot to DOS all the time instead of Windows. again, in Win95, open WordPad and choose File>Open navigate to your C: directory and find a file called Msdos.sys (you will need to have it set to "Show Hidden Files).  open Msdos.sys in WordPad and you will see about 30 lines of text (you may have to change the "File Type" box to all files again). included in this is a line which says :


change the 1 to a 0 so it says


be very careful not to change anything else or move anything around.  save this change (File>Save  do not use "save As") and close the file.  Now when you boot the machine it should go to DOS instead on Win95.  from here you simply change to your loadlin directory, type "linux"   and DSL should begin to boot.

I know I've included a lot of info here and I hope I haven't insulted you by talking too simply or confused you by talking to hard, but this should work.  If you have trouble post it here (be specific please) and I will do what I can to help you further.  Just so you know, I am at work right now and won't be near the computer much this afternoon (I am on the east coast) so I may not get back to you until tonight or tomorrow.
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Posted: Jan. 27 2004,08:32 QUOTE

That's a good tip about Loadlin, and I'm going to try it. Don't know if it will work in WinME, since real DOS is transparent in it, but I can always boot up with the DOS boot disk.

The problem I had with LILO is that it found my other Windows partitions OK, but none of them will boot using it. The machine freezes. I was using a dual boot Windows setup using a nice freeware boot manager (sbminst.exe) but it can't see my Linux partition.

I have to keep using Windows until I learn/adapt Linux - I have hardware issues and will have to find and cobble the drivers together until I can get everything working.
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Posted: Jan. 27 2004,08:47 QUOTE

If you can't get the above site to load (I couldn't) Loadlin is available in many places on the net, like here:
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