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  Installing from a DOS/Win9x box

You will need:

1) Some 1.44Mb diskettes, formatted OR unformatted, but without bad blocks.
(1 for the installation disk, 1 for the boot disk and 1 for each addon you
 wish to configure)

2) DOS, Win3.11, Win95, Win98, WinNT, Win* already installed.


1) Create a new directory (eg. c:\mulinux) and move,
mulinux-13r2.tgz and the addons into it.
2) Unzip using pkunzip or equivalent (Winzip).

		c:\mulinux> pkunzip

3) Run unpack.bat

		c:\mulinux> unpack 

  This will unpack the main archive mulinux-13r2.tgz

METHOD 1: using the Installer Disk (Suggested for WinNT)

a) Run makefi.bat (formerly makefd.bat) in a DOS window:

	c:\mulinux> makefi

  This will create the "Installation Disk". It is formatted as
  usual, i.e. 1440k.

b) Put this disk in the drive and reboot 

METHOD 2: PC without floppy drive

a) Restart in "full DOS mode" and run boot.bat:
	c:\mulinux> boot 

   Using this method, no InstallerDisk is needed.

METHOD 3: lowmem machine, 386 with RAM < 4M (new!) 

Starting from muLinux 11r3, you can install with 4M also using
methods 1 or 2. But if they don't work, try with this.

a) Run the maker.bat (make root) script:

	c:\mulinux> maker 

   This will create the ROOT (1722k) disk, ext2fs mountable.
   It works only if your floppy drive supports 1722k super-formatting.

b) Run the lowmem.bat script:

	c:\mulinux> lowmem 

This will start Linux and will not use ramdisks at all. This is the
only script that does not use additional RAM for the filesystem itself. 
After booting, you will be asked to enter the ROOT floppy: 
please, enter the floppy you made in a).

NOTE 1: SCSI disks

The installation Disk will also work with SCSI peripherals supported by AIC7xxx series cards, i.e. you can put, mulinux.tgz and addons in SCSI partitions or a ZIP floppy with SCSI interface, and run 'makefd'.

NOTE 2: SCSI disks

If you wish only to make the standard single floppy Linux, i.e. the
boot+root+usr traditional diskette, from DOS, please use
the "makebru" (make boot,root,usr) script:

		c:\> makebru

It works only if your floppy drive supports 1722k super-formatting.


Both DOS command, fdformat.exe and rawrite2.exe, are patched versions,
by Copyright 2000 Miguel Angel Alvarez 


The installation disk boots an instance of Linux which is used to create
the various muLinux floppies.

The system should automatically detect the location of the mulinux image files, (however you may be asked to enter the path yourself (eg. /mulinux/)) 
and you will then be prompted to insert 3.5" high-density floppy disks
to create the muLinux boot disk and each of the add-on disks in turn.

If you wish to create a permanent Hard-Drive installation, 
boot muLinux and issue the command "clone" at the prompt.


Last update: 21 Oct 2003