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How do i boot

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:36 pm
by GreyGhost
So after at last getting reactos to compile i want to boot it. I created make install and am now in a fix,
I have 2 partitions,
One has XP (ntfs partion)
Other is empty FAT32
I aint got DOS.And i realy dont wanna make an install disk.
What can i do?

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:37 pm
by GreyGhost
Yeah forgot I searched the forum but couldnt find anything Please help!

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:41 pm
by Gedi
make bootcd

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:20 am
by GreyGhost
I dont wanna make one as i said no install cd.There mustbe some other way.

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:47 pm
by Meklort
Well, if you really dont want to , you could run make install, and manualy install the bootloader to the harddrive, overwiting whatever bootloader you have. Or, if you didnt want to do that you caould create a boot floppy.

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 6:30 pm
by GreyGhost
Yeah thats what i am talking bout.But i read somewher (i think that newb compile tute) ethat to put it on a seperate drive using install make i will have to edit the rules.mak file with the line Install_Dir but it does not have any.(do i need to do this if i edit the bootloder?)

Please give me some basic info on editing it or making a boot floppy for freeldr and config. it Thanks:-)

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:21 pm
by GreatLord
if you do not want make a bootcd (installtions cd) try the livecd
make livecd

see also reactos/makefile for more info
and config....xml for more info how you can configurate your build.

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:16 pm
by Lucio Diaz
What i understand, the problem of greatghost is that he has no CD drive. I have no experience compiling reactos directly to install it without going throug the iso, you will need other people to help you with that but i can say you that there is no need to change your bootloader, Windows XP bootloader can handle various OSes including reactos, there is even no need to use another partition (if you have fat in you XP partition and not NTFS), the way:

1 Get the reactos binaries from someone (who already have reactos installed in his or her compurer, or just use yourself another computer with a cd and install reactos).

2 Copy those binaries to c:\Reactos

3. Add to your windows boot.ini the following:

[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect C:\bootsect.ros="ReactOS"

4 copy freeldr.sys , freeldr.ini and bootsect.ros at C:\

And restart your computer, you will have the option to run reactos or windows XP at startup.

For mor information (in spanish, sorry) go to:

http://reactos.com/wiki/index.php/Docum ... Castellano


Best regards,

Lucio Diaz.

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:24 pm
by Lucio Diaz
I saw your first partition is ntfs, then do the same (copy reactos to D: or whatever the name of the fat partition) but the sentence in boot.ini must be changed, somewher the partition number must be diferent, try 0, if it does not work try 1, if it does not work try 2, cause i dont know if windows start thinking of the first partition as 0 or 1.

[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(X)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect C:\bootsect.ros="ReactOS"

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:22 pm
by GreyGhost
freeldr.sys , freeldr.ini and bootsect.ros
Where can i find these ? the dont appear when i search my comp. Is the source in the "boot " dir in the SVN code? Then where is the make file for it?
I have a CD rom drive but burnng a CD per release and i gonna update the reactos ever week.

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:14 pm
by GvG
Just use a rewritable CD....

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:13 pm
by hbirr
GreyGhost wrote: I have a CD rom drive but burnng a CD per release and i gonna update the reactos ever week.
On the first time, install ros from the bootcd. For every update, you can use 'make install'. I'm using this way to install ros on a target machine over the network. If freeldr is changed, you must copy it manually to the root directory of the boot drive.