Partitioning, boot sector
First post on this forum and from the looks of what I've seen, I'll be back again and again.
Long story short, I'm installing Redhat 9 on an old PIII in order to end up with my own web server. I have a pretty good knowledge of Unix and shells including BASH having taken two semesters of Unix administaration several years ago in completing my college degree in mathematics with emphasis on computer science.
Learned C, C++, Java, Pascal, LISP and some others well enough to write
simple programs in DOS and Unix and Windows environments.
Now, I want to put my knowledge to work on the WEB and am undergoing learning curves for xml. perl, schema, php not being satisfied with html and css alone. I insist on writing everything myself, currently using Textpad 4.7.
I'm a bit eccentric about my machines. Three of my four desktops (AMD 500 - P4) have frontloading pcmcia ports. My XP pro machine has a dual pcmcia
on the front. Took a little registry hacking to make that work.
Anyway, my current "problem" is simple to solve, I hope.
I started to install Linux on a PIII (without the pcmcia) It has 40gb and 10gb ide drives. I aborted the installation and repartitioned the disk using an effective little program called delpart.
I wanted to create a small DOS partition (420MB) and did so, formatting it with a floppy I use to install the minimal DOS utilities and programs I still use.
The problem is, that the computer will not boot from the active DOS partition.
I can only boot it from a floppy or from the CD ROM with the Linux 9 install disk loaded. Otherwise, the computer boots up with the GRUB prompt and very little functionality whether the DOS partition is defined or not.
My goal is to have the DOS partition active before the Linux install, thus creating a dual boot option. I don't want DOS running over Linux as Windows can be configured to do.
How to I get rid of the Linux boot sector so I can start over?
Thanks in advance for input.