Re: [mu WIN98] Win98 Installation

From: Clive Wright (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 21:14:32 CET

Michele Andreoli wrote:
> Hello friends,
> can somebody help me?
> I've
> 1) a new hard-disk IDE as primary, with no OS on it.
> 2) a Win98 floppy rescue, which recognize my CDROM
> 3) a CDROM for my notebook, with a directory win98/
> and a setup.exe command in it.
> It's a metropolitan tale Microsoft products are easy to install, but
> I think this is true only if product is pre-installed on the hard-disk :-)
> My query: can I change only the master boot record of this copied
> byte-to-byte win98 installation? I saw that, because this is a normal
> thing in Linux: to change only the boot sector.
> yes, I tried with sys c: from the win98 floppy-rescue: it don't works.

If win98 fdisk is anything like its predecessor suggest "fdisk /mbr"
It will not repair the partition table, but if the partition is
mountable I guess that means it is intact it should repair the remainder
of the master boot record though whether it takes information from the
bios to do this i do not know.
Anyway before changing anything you could always use mu to back up the
mbr to a floppy
"dd if=/dev/hda of=/mnt/floppy/mbr.dat bs=512 count=1" would seem a
sensible command to do it.

> Further: I'm in pain for my Linux hard-disks! I've no way to control
> what setup.exe is doing and, the nice .exe, might also format -en passant-
> my Linux installation on the second HD, for matter of only
> crudelity :-((

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