[oclug] Re: How do I hide Grub, or, Help with Domestic Diplomacy?
oclug.on.ca at robertwoolley.com
Sun Mar 13 12:47:24 EST 2005
I'd imagine that you could use a floppy disk with a bootloader to boot
the machine off of the hard drive partition you've created.
It should be easy to do, I know I used to do it whenever I shot myself
in the foot and Windows overwrote my bootloader. You might even be able
to take a generic (eg Redhat) rescue disk and use that hassle free.
On Sun, 2005-03-13 at 12:36 -0500, Bill Case wrote:
> Hi; All suggestions welcome -- but I think you have to be married to
> understand the true significance of this question.
> I want to hide/eliminate the Linux boot loader on my wife's XP machine
> after I install Linux -- but I want to be able to dual boot myself after
> Windows XP is running.
> Let me explain.
> I have a small two machine LAN at home. 1 machine is mine - the
> Basement Box. I dual boot into either Linux or XP; mainly Linux FC3
> these days. My wife's computer is in the upstairs office and is the
> Office Computer. She uses Windows XP exclusively.
> She has an 80 Gb hard drive of which she never uses more than 6 Gb. I
> want to install a small Linux OS like ubantu or even Koppix so that I
> can play around with networking problems, questions etc.
> Now, I have been married to this Lady for over thirty years and love her
> dearly but have slowly and with a great deal of difficulty learnt a
> thing or two. One is don't mess with her computer. I have her
> agreement (probably fleeting and tentative, and therefore time
> sensitive) that I can install Linux on a separate partition on her
> machine; but I also know it would be a good thing if she wasn't
> continually reminded that _I_ had installed Linux. (Every time
> something on her computer went wrong it would be Linux's -- consequently
> my -- fault. Trust me. From experience, I know).
> So, what I would like to be able to do is have her/me start her computer
> as normal (no grub, lilo or boot magic) but after I am in XP I would be
> able to use some command, icon or file to reboot into Linux.
> Is this possible?
> Or, is there a better solution?
> Regards Bill
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