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Re: Install confusion

Andreas Janssen wrote:


Maybe 2.4 is installed on your hard disk, but 2.2.20idepci was used
for the boot floppy. What is the name of the kernel image in /boot?
It should be vmlinuz-2.4.18-bf2.4. If it is, you can create a new boot floppy using that kernel. You can also choose only to install the boot loader on the floppy disk, but use the kernel from the hard disk, by telling lilo to use /dev/fd0 as the boot device. Or you install the bootloader in your MBR and don't use the floppy at all.
All of the files in /boot are 2.2.20 version, so none of the bf24
kernel was installed.

What are some of the gotchas that could be causing it to ignore the
bf24 input to boot:?

Honestly, I don't know. But you still can install a 2.4 Kernel on your
system without reinstalling. Make sure security.debian.org is in your
sources.list, and run

apt-get istall kernel-image-2.4.18-bf2.4
to install the 2.4 installation kernel
apt-get install kernel-image-2.4.18-1-686
to install the image for pentium II and later systems. There are also
images for 386, 586, k6 and k7 systems. If you don't use the bf kernel,
make sure you tell lilo to use the initrd for the kernel you installed.
Your current kernel will not be removed and can be loaded by selecting
"LinuxOld" from within the lilo startscreen. You maybe want to
uncomment the "#promt" line in your lilo.conf as well.

best regards
       Andreas Janssen

Thanks for the help. I will try your suggestions. I am just trying to understand what is going on. While somewhat frustrating, the process is also very educational. Right now I am booting from floppy because I don't want to screw up my legacy system [OS/2 4.52 which uses a Boot Manager and LVM. I think it can be sensitive to changes in boot stuff] until I have the Debian system working to some minimal level of completeness.

Thanks again.
Paul Schwartz

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