Hope someone can pass a few pointers this way.
Toshiba Satellite A105 Phoenix Bios claims it can boot usb but won't.
Window XP on Original primary partion
EXT2 FS on 15 GB partition
System Had Narly Nachos via WUBI running from windows partition, it was corrupted and deleted now. Just to say I have a dual boot menu already coming up from c:\boot.ini
Problem is, my Toshiba will not boot from ANY usb attached device and the internal CDROM is dead.
I have internet access and usb devices (mem stick/cd rom/ hard drives) are functional, the system just won't boot from any of them.
My homework so far.....
I have wgrub32.exe, a front end for grub4dos which is grub legacy. "clueless to its operation", that I can run from Windozo
I have a win util that has my linux ext2 fs "mounted" accesible via Windoze so I can download and copy files
back and forth between Windoze and Linux partition.
I have a working PCLinux system on another machine. So I can copy config files to the linux partition on Toshiba
I'm looking for the simplest strategy for a newbie to manually install PCLinuxOS
What should or what do I NEED to do next? I'm having a hard time understanding the info in the GRUB manual down to where I can make sense of it to the point I dare use it.
Got anything in a
3.......then copy your working config files here /boot/.....
format for me to follow?
This is how I solved this;
1 I won't mention any names but I installed another Linux Distro IN/ON my Windoze XP partition.
2 Then I used the INSTALL to Hard Drive option (it recognized my new partition w/EXT2 file sys.
At this point I have some kind of nested grub menu.
1 A Linux Distro LINUX Partitons ext?, swap,
2a Windoze XP Partition w/NTFS
2b A Linux Distro Partition w/NTFS
It all works!
Funny thing is, now the Toshiba can boot from USB.
Take my word for it folks that Toshiba Laptop would NOT boot from any attached USB device before.
The Sys Admin where I work maintains an Enterprise Level MIXED OS Intra-Network and he could not get that Toshiba to boot from any attached USB device.
I don't know what GRUB/ Linux did but now I can reconfig my BIOS Boot Menu the exact same way I've done a million times before over a period of several years, stick a USB STICK to it and have YUM come up with 7 Linux Distros to boot. So now I should be able to simply install any Distro I want after I make some more room on the HARD DRIVE by trimming Windoze down some more.
"Don't you get it? Its a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, inside an enigma! No one will ever figure it out!"
Thanx to everyone for all the suggestions.