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May 1st, 2007

My Bootloader

I like tinkering with bootloaders. The other day, I played and played and played with my GRUB and ntldr, and in the end I screwed them all up. Yesterday night, or today early morn, I installed Debian Sarge 3.1. I had been running Ubuntu for quite some time, and I thought I'll tinker with the king of all linux distros. I had used debian, but had to move on to ubuntu when they released Edgy Eft. Nice way playing with the first 512 bytes of the active partition. That's where the boot loader resides. Hadn't it been for the dd tool in linux, things would've been pretty hectic. This magic tool is simple yet very powerful. Only thing you need is the root privilege. After letting the ntldr remain at the MBR for quite some time, I moved on to the first sector of the C drive. Just for a horror. Now I'm gonna revert the process and make ntldr invoke GRUB. I'd tried a couple of other bootloaders i could lay my hands on, thanks to Pravi.

May 2007

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