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How do i boot linux 9 with only bootdisk. LILO not configured

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I installed linux 9 and did not configure it to boot from LILO or GRUB. All i have is the boot disk i made using rawrite. How can i boot into Linux? thanks.

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by:paullamhkg
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Have a check here for install the GRUB http://www.gnu.org/manual/grub-0.92/html_mono/grub.html#Installation, and config/setup to use as a boot manager of your linux box.

For install and boot from lilo check here http://www.ibiblio.org/mdw/HOWTO/LILO.html
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Am I making mistake here, do you mean you want to boot from your floppy boot disk to boot your linux right??

If yes, how you make your boot disk? during the installation, the /boot info should put into your boot floppy so it should boot.

If not how you create you boot disk?
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paullamhkg,

I wasnt able to make the boot disk when i installed linux coz my PC hung. so i used rawrite. I think thats ok.....isnt it? so what do to boot into linux?
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Using rawrite will ask you about the boot image which boot image you are using? anyway have a look on this http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bootdisk-HOWTO/ for howto make a boot disk for your linux may help.

the 1st thing you should know is which partition of your /boot in the harddisk, than following the boot disk HOWTO, and try again.

if you don't know which partition, try using the small linux to boot and got the info using the fdisk (the linux fdisk not the dos one) you can get the small linux from here http://bengross.com/smallunix.html, which you can have a linux on a CD ROM or floppy.

Hope this info can help :)
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You can make a boot disk with mkbootdisk. It is best to ensure that the floppy is good and that can be done and the boot disk made with:

fdformat /dev/fd0h1440
mkbootdisk 2.4.7-10

If you've updated your installation the kernel version may be different. Look in /boot to see what kernel version you have.
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