how to load mandrake 10.1 after installation

By i_need_answers
Mar 15, 2005
  1. Hi,
    I know this is a newb question but im new to linux. After I install Mandrake 10.1 and reboot how do i load to the linux os instead of my standard xp home?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +6

    boot from the CD.

    before installation, there will be an option to boot a rescue mode - a command prompt of a real linux system, loaded into RAM from the CD. Either there will be an option, or if you type linux rescue at the boot: prompt and hit return

    put a floppy disk in your drive, and mount it with this command

    mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

    if you get an error, try mkdir /mnt/floppy - the directory might not be there


    dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/mnt/floppy/bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1 ; umount /mnt/floppy

    where hda3 was your / directory

    then reboot (type exit should do that.)

    go back into windows, edit c:\boot.ini to have the following at the end:


    copy the bootsect.lin file from the floppy to c:\

    reboot, and choose Mandrake from the menu

    ....all of this is, of course, if you installed grub or lilo (linux boot loaders) to /

    if not, you will have to install the bootloader yourself.

    /sbin/grub-install /dev/hda3

    would do that, again where hda3 was your /
  3. i_need_answers

    i_need_answers TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 76

    im cunfused

    thanks but im kinda new at this hmm i'll try to do all that but hmm seems hard
    thanks though i'll try
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