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 Grub4dos Guide/Tutorial
post Jul 14 2008, 08:01 PM
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After harassing Jaclaz and ilko countless times over the past few weeks I have finally, with their help, completed a grub4dos guide. Many thanks to Jaclaz and ilko for their input, suggestions and support thumbsup.gif .

Feel free to post any errors or feedback good or bad. The guide is available here a downloadable version is also available.

diddy

Updated - 18th July 2008
Guide updated to version 1.1 following feedback from tinybit - see below.

Updated - 19th February 2009
Guide updated to version 1.2

Updated - 22nd April 2009
Guide updated to version 1.3

Updated - 17th May 2009
Guide updated to version 1.4


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post Jan 19 2009, 10:24 PM
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This is just a quick message to thank everyone for the positive feedback and useful comments. Unfortunately, due to other commitments I have had very limited time in which to update the guide. I'm hoping that things calm down within the next few weeks and will work on an updated version at that time - incorporating some of the suggestions (and corrections) made so far. I will definitely be adding a pxe boot section but confess to being an 'English English' speaker so will be sticking with the utilise spelling - sorry Xtremee wink.gif .

I might end up waiting for the release of grub4dos 0.4.4 Final to motivate me in updating the guide and eagerly look forward to the release - thanks for all of the hard work tinybit. Due to the explosion of grub4dos builds it's hard to keep track of all of the changes so it's likely to take a few weeks to make all of the additions - I've been using build 2008-5-14 for a while now and haven't been keeping up with any new releases so it's likely to take a week just to work through the changelog.

Thanks for the patience.

diddy


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post Jan 29 2009, 09:22 AM
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the tutorial is really great! thank you all a lot!
unless i am mistaken (which is very probable), it might be helpful to include under esp. method 6 the note that the grldr file should, in order to be found by grub4dos stage1 in mbr, not be placed on an ntfs partition but may e.g. reside in the root of any fat16/32 partition. but note that this might be wrong and only not work for me.
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post Jan 29 2009, 10:08 AM
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QUOTE (caze @ Jan 29 2009, 11:22 AM) *
the tutorial is really great! thank you all a lot!
unless i am mistaken (which is very probable), it might be helpful to include under esp. method 6 the note that the grldr file should, in order to be found by grub4dos stage1 in mbr, not be placed on an ntfs partition but may e.g. reside in the root of any fat16/32 partition. but note that this might be wrong and only not work for me.


grldr placed in NTFS partition works perfectly, AFAIK.

You may want to start a new thread detailing the problem you are having.

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post Jan 29 2009, 12:04 PM
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hm. thank you for the advice. you are sure about that - in the situation where there is only grub4dos in mbr plus grldr on a ntfs (logical) partition, no grub4dos in bootsector, i assume? i will try and look into this. if it reproducably won't work, i'll open a new thread as you advice. thanks again!
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post Feb 9 2009, 06:15 AM
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Add some new commands to the tutorial:
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?...pid=58554&#


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Parted Magic and grub4dos iso emulation

Ultimate Boot CD V5 forum for features and suggestions. Download Ultimate Boot CD v5.0 RC2 with grub4dos support.

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post Feb 19 2009, 10:58 PM
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Guide updated to version 1.2 (Grub4dos 0.4.4-2009-02-05).

Since downloading build 0.4.4-2009-02-05 two weeks ago there have been 8 new builds - great news for anyone not trying to maintain an up to date guide sporty98.gif .

I will try to keep the guide updated on a monthly basis but can't keep up with tinybit et al.

The .chm version has been temporarily removed - not sure when it will be updated due to lack of free time.

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post Feb 21 2009, 05:45 AM
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Menu colours can be set using the following command (default is white text on a black background, with current option being black text within a white highlight) -
CODE
color a/b c/d

Where a=text, b=background, c=selected option text, d=selected option highlight

Colours b and d must be one of the following - black, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, brown, light-gray

Colours a and c must be one of the following - black, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, brown, light-gray, dark-gray, light-blue, light-green, light-cyan, light-red, light-magenta, yellow and white.

The new color command:
CODE
color NORMAL [HIGHLIGHT] [HELPTEXT [HEADING]]]

CODE
color fg/bg fg/bg fg/bg fg/bg

All colors can be used as foreground and background color now: black, blue, green, cyan, red, magenta, brown, light-gray, dark-gray, light-blue, light-green, light-cyan, light-red, light-magenta, yellow and white.


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Use Parted Magic for handling all partitioning task. Download Parted Magic 4.10.
Parted Magic and grub4dos iso emulation

Ultimate Boot CD V5 forum for features and suggestions. Download Ultimate Boot CD v5.0 RC2 with grub4dos support.

The Syslinux Project: Stable releases: download link. Last test builds: download link.
ISO booting capable MEMDISK
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post Mar 21 2009, 06:54 PM
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In appendix commands I am missing:
- bootlace.com
- grubinst.exe
- grbins16.exe
- hmload.com

What are the commands install and setup currently doing? Installing the grub legacy way?
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post Mar 21 2009, 10:33 PM
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Great Tut.. thx..

Helped already experimenting the .iso booting .. greetZ
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post Mar 22 2009, 12:01 PM
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QUOTE (mr_ @ Mar 21 2009, 08:54 PM) *
In appendix commands I am missing:
- bootlace.com
- grubinst.exe
- grbins16.exe
- hmload.com

What are the commands install and setup currently doing? Installing the grub legacy way?

You are not "missing" them, the appendix is about grub4dos commands.

The files you listed are not grub4dos commands, they are "external utilities".

The use of grubinst/bootlace/grbins16 is in the install chapter:
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/files/install.htm
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/files/...ll.htm#method08
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/files/...ll.htm#method09
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/files/...ll.htm#method13

Advanced info is in the README_GRUB4DOS.txt file.

As well in this last file there are details on the use of hmload.com and a link to the developer's page:
http://sysdocs.stu.qmul.ac.uk/sysdocs/Comment/GrubForDOS/

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