Debian on Thinkpad t61 - sound, video issues.
EDIT: This is no longer an issue, and I'm not sure what solved it. Please see my second post for current, less horrible problems.
I am attempting to dual boot Debian Etch and WinXP Pro on my Lenovo Thinkpad T61. At the moment, I'm having trouble getting GRUB installed to properly boot Debian (which as far as I know, was succesfully installed, sans bootloader.)
These thinkpads have a hidden recovery partition that I don't want to mess with, and various articles warn to not install GRUB to the MBR as it will render this partition unusable and possibly create other issues. The solution suggested was to install GRUB to the newly created GNU/Linux root partition, copy bootgrub.bin to some removable media, boot to windows, copy the file to C:\ and tell boot.ini about it.
However, in installing Debian, GRUB was not able to install to anywhere. (Generic, 'this fails!' messages, not sure what's wrong.) The only thing I did not attempt was installing to a floppy because I have no floppy drive. After a bit of research, I found GRUB for DOS, and copied the neccesary files to c:\. I can boot into GRUB now. BUT I can't figure out how to add Debian to the boot list. Playing around in the grub commandline tells me that the filesystem on (hd0,1) is of type ext2fs; I assume this is the Debian partition. The following is the stanza I have added to menu.lst
This shows up fine in the GRUB menu, but selecting it just gives me a string of repeating errors, the gist of which is I believe, "Invalid or unsupported executable format" (Really hard to tell, the text scrolls by too fast.)
Where should I go from here?
Thanks for your time,