Boot Linux: The very basics
Posted on 2004-03-25
I don't understand head or tail of Linux! I obtained the 'Mandrake Linux 9.1' ISO from a DVD and burnt it on ONE cd. The DVD (distributed free with 'Digit' computer magazine) only contains one ISO file in the Mandrake folder (conains 3 in the Red Hat folder): so I burnt it. The cd is perfectly bootable:
Installing Linux was amazingly hard: the partioning and hardware parts were easy but I did not understand the 'software packages' and the 'boot sector' part. While installing it asked me for two other cds which I refused to supply. Then, I created one root user (which I understand is like the administrator on XP) and one normal user. The installation finished succesfully and asked me if I wanted a "graphical" representation of the Operating systems availible at startup. The first time, I clicked 'no' and ended up re-installing Linux and clicking yes because Linux did not appear on the list of Windows OS.
When Linux finally started up, I found it amazingly hard to use its GUI. I could not even find control panel (or whatever is used to detect new hardware) or even change my desktop resolution!
Frustrated, I decided to shut down: I couldn't even find 'Shut Down'! So I logged off and clicked restart > windows. When I did that, the list of my Windows OS (98 and XP) came up and Linux was missing. Now I don't know how to boot into Linux (except maybe re-installing it again). I tried inserting the cd and recreating the boot list but it returned an error: Application ended unexpectedly (Code 1)
I understand that Linux uses a different file system but as long as boot.ini stays on my active partition, it will have to rely on modifying it to startup.
Please, please help me! with clear-cut instructions.
Thanks in advance,