> I have Boot Easy installed and have three choices;
> F1 -- DOS (on first partition of first drive)
> F2 -- FreeBSD (on the second partition of first drive)
> F5 -- second disk (I have this chocies after I partion 2nd drive
> using FreeBSD fdisk, not working yet. If I press F5, it
> says 'no operatiing system')
> Q: Is it possible to still use Boot Easy to boot Debian from HD
> directly? How? DO I have install and configure Lilo from Debain?
Believe it or not, this is the exact same configuration I'm using.
Here's I did:
1 -> Boot up under Linux. Installed LILO with liloconfig. Chose to
install lilo on the Superblock of the second drive (not the MBR,
because I have a DOS partition in front of my Linux partition)
2 ->Boot up under DOS under partition 1, drive one. Install booteasy
using "bootinst.exe" under FreeBSD/tools.
3-> when you reboot, you should see a prompt saying "disk two" or
"drive two", choose that. Now you should see the lilo prompt.
What's different from my configuration is, I have a DOS partition on
partition 1, disk 2. So after pressing "F5...disk two", I see a new
To boot Linux, I just press "F2", and then I see the "LILO" prompt.
The thing about lilo is that you can configure it to immediately boot
to Linux. Unfortunately, I didn't try it any other way than with
LILO, so your other option is to maybe install some boot code on the
MBR of disk2. But LILO will definitely work -- it's not too much
trouble to hit "cntrl" and just hit "enter" to boot Linux. I did have
Debian on part 2 of disk 2, but I scrapped that and went with
Slackware; it's a little more like FreeBSD, IMO.
In your case, maybe just run the equivalent of Slackware "setup" and
install the Linux boot code on the MBR of drive 2 (don't let it
install on the MBR of drive 1 though). I think you can also use LILO
on the MBR of disk 2, and configure lilo to immediately boot to Linux
w/out prompting. Choose a "0 second" delay. If that will not work,
try installing LILO on the Superblock of disk 2.