[syslinux] New user problem
Seth David Schoen
schoen at loyalty.org
Thu Jul 4 11:08:35 PDT 2002
Gerry Escobar writes:
> I'm a new user of Linux trying to use the SYSLINUX boot loader to create a
> Linux system. I'm doing it on a PC with WIN98 installed, and I prefer using
> a dual boot system.
> I got through as far as creating a semi-bootable floppy. The problem I'm
> getting states "could not find kernel image: Linux." However, I do get the
> "boot:" prompt as well (I just don't know what command to type from there).
> What type of file is the kernel image? Is it any file with an .img
> extension? What are some basic files I would need?
> I believe if you can walk me through this process, you can very much write a
> book on it. I appreciate very much any help you might be able to give.
Did you already install a Linux system onto a hard drive, or are you
trying to create your own installation from scratch?
The kernel image is now normally called "vmlinuz" and usually resides
in /boot on a modern Linux system or / on an older Linux system. Many
people rename it to "linux" if they copy it onto a SYSLINUX disk.
In order to use SYSLINUX, you will need to copy the kernel onto your
SYSLINUX disk. You'll also (for your purposes) need to have a Linux
boot environment already installed on a hard drive partition. If you
don't, you'll want to go and get a Linux distribution of some sort and
use its installer, which will probably install for you a hard-disk
based boot loader (like LILO or GRUB) which you can use instead of
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