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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Creating a boot disk

If your CD-ROM is not bootable then you must create a bootable disk floppy to start the installer. When you insert the CD disk1 in windows, it will "auto-run".

If auto-run isn't enabled, you can launch it by selecting "autorun.exe" from the "dosutils" directory of the Installation CD. See figure 1.4

Exploring D:Fig 1.4

Once auto run is executed you will se this screen, fig. 1.5

Auto Run ScreenFig1.5

Click on Install mandrake Linux using floppy to create the boot disk.

Browse for the image file (for CD-based installation) called "cdrom.img" located in the "/images" directory of the Installation CD Disk1, see fig. 1.6.

  • Select the image file
  • Click on "Write" to create the boot disk.

After it finishes writing, leave the floppy disk in the drive and reboot your computer to start the installer. For other types of installations (such as network installations, hard drive, PCMCIA) you can create the disks from the other images.


At this point we are already in business. The installation should start by using the bootable disk you just created. If for some reason your floppy is ignored at the boot point, it is because your boot sequence in the bios is not set to boot from the floppy.

To boot from the floppy, you must change the sequence in the bios and make the floppy your first boot device. If you want to boot from the CD-ROM you will have to do the same thing change the boot sequence to CD-ROM as your first boot device.