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Floppy boot to Harddisk Boot

Hey list!
I have a question about booting into debian.  During installation I 
did not want to have lilo installed on the mbr.  I chose to boot from 
a floppy.  I also run rh6.2 and win9x on this little machine.  I boot 
into redhat with a floppy and it goes lickity split!  ("/" is mounted on 
hda5).  Right now "/" in debian is mounted on hda9.  I used to have 
stormix there but I overwrote it with debian potato.  STormix, too, 
booted up lickity split when I booted from a floppy.  I can assume 
that's because the kernel is already on the hard drive.  Can I do the 
same with debian?  When I boot from a floppy it takes forever!  I 
know it's actually got the kernel (of sorts) on the floppy.  What can 
I do to change this?  Can I have it on hda9?  So, if I use the rescue 
disk or whatever, I can simply do something like "kernel 
root=/dev/ha9" at the "boot:" prompt? Or am I kind of stuck with the 
slow/unreliable boot from a floppy?
Thanks in advance, gang!

Todd Witter

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