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I've been trying to use RedHat Linux since 5.1, and each time I ended up getting so frustrated that I just reformatted the machine it was on and went back to windows. Well, I've been trying to give 7.0 another shot. I managed to get it loaded as a custom install, because I also wanted to put some flavor of windows on that machine also, at a later time. I told it not to put LILO in the MBR, as the instructions said. OK, so far so good. But now, the only way I can boot Linux is from a floppy disk. Fine, I can live with that. Last night, I was sitting here fat, dumb and happy when the power went out for about 2 hours. When it came back on, I find that I can't boot from my floppy anymore. Who knows what happened when the power went out. Fine, I'll try to make a new boot disk. I cannot, for the life of me figure out how to do that. The only Linux book I have is for 5.2. The HOWTO file on creating a boot disk is obviously written for one of you guys who've been using Linux for a hundred years or more. Can someone give a clue about where to look for an answer to my problem, or do I just need to format my machine and put back windows once again?

i think...the command to make a boot floppy is..
# /sbin/mkbootdisk

Anyway you relieve yourself from pain of booting from a bootdisk..just read this tutorial...
here i have assumed that you can boot in to linux least..
the command to make a boot disk (of your current kernel), if you can get in, is:

mkbootdisk `uname -r`
Thanks for the replies to my question. I never did get to make a new boot disk. Instead, I reloaded Linux and dedicated the entire machine to it. That way I was able to install LILO in the MBR, and forget all about ever booting from a floppy.

Being retired now, I really don't have to be able to be compatible with the windows world if I don't want to, and it is my eventual plan to make the Linux machine my primary machine. I want to network it to my XP machine just so I can move files back and forth. It seems to me that there are packages out there for Linux that have the ability to be compatible with the windows world, if I remember some of the things I've read correctly.

Anyway, thanks for your help gentlemen. I'll try to keep my pleas to a minimum, but I will probably be back asking for more help.

Hemant the package..for configuring a network..between XP and that you can transfer the files..back and forth...checkout this link....

the easiest and fastest way to get samba installed is :

1. goto this site download apt-get for your red hat distro [you are using RH7 right?] :
download apt to /home
open up a terminal window

a) cd /home
cool.gif rpm -Uvh apt-0.5.5cnc6-fr0.rh70.1.i386.rpm
c) apt-get update
d) apt-get dist-upgrade
e) apt-get install samba
d) apt-get install swat

you can use swat to create shares, or you can use a editor and modify /etc/samba/smb.conf as you please, it's quiet straight forward, and a few examples are there...

here is one from me, have fun smile.gif

workgroup = company
server string = samba test
log file /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
security = SHARE

comment = samba test drive
path = /disk2
writable = Yes
guest ok = Yes
printable = no
create mask = 0777

Robert B
Great Example..... cool.gif
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