>> > Hi Guys,
>> > I have already Windows 98 SE and Windows 2000 installed on my system,
>> > Notebook Toshiba, no floppy :-(
>> > I found this WinLinux 2003 that is suposed to run from a FAT
>> > partition (2000 is on C: (FAT32) and 98SE is on D: (FAT32)). I am
>> > planning to install WinLinux on D: as this is the bigger partition.
>> > Installing WinLinux seems quite easy but I am not sure about LILO.
>> > How would be the correct way to install WinLinux while keeping my
>> > existing OS and being able to multi-boot between the three of them?
>> > Use LILO or use the already installed W2K boot manager? If I need to
>> > create the floppy boot, how to do it (I don't have it)?
>> > Thanks,
>> > Brian
>> Does your Toshiba have a CDROM and network capability?
>> --Douglas Mayne
> Yes to both questions.
Caveat: I am not using WinLinux. I took a look at the website:
How did you choose this distribution? I am concerned this distribution
does not have a clear link to download the source for all packages in the
distribution, as required by the GPL. If you can link that back to me,
then that potential problem would be eliminated. Also, this is not on
the list of distributions at linux.org. Phat Linux is shown on the
linux.org website, but it seems to have a similar "pay first" problem.
If D: is mostly empty, or you could move its contents, then consider
using that space to use a more mainstream distribution of Linux
(RedHat, Mandrake, Slackware).
To emphasize, I am not using WinLinux (or PhatLinux) and the advice I
offer below could require modification for use with a so-called loop-back
distributions, where the entire linux distribution exists as a
large file in another OS's partition.
First, how does WinLinux recommend that the distribution be started?
Would that method be satisfactory for you?
Second, assume you can start WinLinux by some method. Here is some
advice, which is not distribution dependant about creating a stand alone
Since you don't have a floppy, I would suggest creating a boot cd-r. The
first step is to create a boot floppy, to be used as the basis for a
boot cd-r. I have found grub to be the most flexible boot loader; so
assume the following is true:
1. You can set the laptop to boot from a CD
2. You can start Linux (by some method).
3. The Grub /*program*/ is installed on your system; but not installed
as the boot loader- because
4. You want to leave the MBR intact on your hard disc for your other
So you want to create a floppy similar to the method explained here:
We need to alter these instructions, because we are working with a
"virtual" floppy, a disc image:
dd if=/dev/zero of=boot.img bs=1024 count=1440
losetup /dev/loop0 boot.img
mkfs -t vfat /dev/loop0
mount -t vfat /dev/loop0 /mnt/loop0
mkdir -p /mnt/loop0/boot/grub
The minimum files necessary for grub to work:
Locate these files in your linux distribution. Possible locations are
/boot/grub or /usr/local/share/grub/i386-pc
Setup the files in the image:
dd if=stage1 of=/dev/loop0 count=1 bs=512
cp stage2 /mnt/loop0/boot/grub
cp menu.lst /mnt/loop0/boot/grub
Edit menu.lst (if necessary):
Unmount your image file:
losetup -d /dev/loop0
Use the image file to create a bootable cd. This is one method to create
the bootable cd image from your floppy image:
mkdir -p /tmp/boot
mv boot.img /tmp/boot
mkisofs -b boot/boot.img -c boot/boot.catalog -o boot.iso boot
The file created is /tmp/boot.iso. If your laptop is not equipped with a
CD writer, then send the file to another computer via its network
connection. Otherwise, write this image to a CD and test rebooting with it.