Launching the BeOS on Hitachi FLORA Prius systems
Intel Architecture Platform
This document is a guide to launching the BeOS on Hitachi FLORA Prius systems.
This document is aimed at people using the BeOS Release 4 for Intel Architecture.
Introduction to Launching the BeOS on Hitachi FLORA Prius systems
There are three ways to boot the BeOS on your new Hitachi FLORA Prius 330J. You can use the floppy disk to start the boot process, or install a BeOS Launcher for use on the Windows® desktop, or by installing the BeOS boot manager, Bootman, which allows you to choose which operating system to boot into when you turn on your computer. All of the necessary software is included on the BeOS backup CD-ROM included with your FLORA Prius. (If you are unable to launch or "see" the BeOS on your new FLORA Prius 330J, don't worry, it is not broken!) The BeOS is bundled with the machine and is already pre-installed on the hard drive. As shipped from the factory, your FLORA Prius will NOT boot the BeOS until you do one (or more) of the following methods:
(We recommend that you do both steps 2 and 3 to have the most convenient use of all the operating systems you may use on your FLORA Prius 330J)
Your Hitachi FLORA Prius PC has multiple operating systems installed on it - BeOS and Windows 98. From the factory, however, only Windows will boot without extra input and system configuration by the end-user. This document discusses how to boot between the multiple operating systems which are already installed on your computer.
When your computer starts up, it has to choose which operating system to start using, that is, which OS to boot into. Since you have two (or more if you have already installed another) installed, you need to have a way to choose between them in order to efficiently use all of your operating systems.
Generally, this is done with a very small program that lives in your Master Boot Record (or MBR). Without being too technical about it, this is the first place your computer looks on your hard disk for an operating system. The small program runs, and shows you a short menu of your installed operating system choices. You make your choice, and the program jumps to that operating system, so it can boot. These small programs are called boot managers. Installation and use of the boot manager included with your FLORA Prius is covered in step #3.
There are a variety of boot manager options out there. There are several excellent commercial boot managers. Your FLORA Prius includes a boot manager on the BeOS Backup CD-ROM which you can install on your FLORA Prius.
The boot manager included with the BeOS is named Bootman. Since your FLORA Prius does not come with Bootman already installed and configured, step #3 will show you how to do it.
Bootman Warnings and Limitations
This document is inteded for users of the Hitachi FLORA Prius 330J only! If you are a licensed user installing Bootman on a different system, you should refer to the Bootman guide for all systems before you install Bootman as you need to make sure you can install it. You should not install Bootman if you already have a boot manager on your system and it is already working.
1) USING THE BEOS BOOT FLOPPY DISKETTE
(You must repeat this process every time you want to boot the BeOS unless you do either, or both, of #2 and #3.)
2) LAUNCH FROM THE WINDOWS 98 DESKTOP
To launch the BeOS from the Windows Desktop, you must first install the BeOS Launcher onto the Windows system. After the BeOS Launcher has been installed, you can launch BeOS while running Windows by double-clicking the BeOS Launcher icon or shortcut.
USING THE WINDOWS DESKTOP BEOS LAUNCHER
3) CHOOSE AN OPERATING SYSTEM WHEN YOU TURN ON YOUR COMPUTER
The Be Boot Manager installation wizard will appear to lead you through the process of installing Bootman:
You will move to the next panel of the installation wizard, which saves the Master Boot Record information for your original configuration. This MBR save file will allow you to Uninstall Bootman, should you need to do that in the future:
The next panel allows you to create a rescue disk:
The next panel of the installation wizard prompts you to insert a floppy disk:
"This floppy will have the rescue information written to it. This will erase the previous contents of the disk."
After the Be Boot Manager creates a rescue floppy disk, you will be prompted to eject the floppy from your computer:
"It is very important that you eject the floppy at this time. If you leave it in your computer and reboot your system, it will automatically Uninstall Bootman, and you'll have to start all over again."
You will move to the next panel of the installation wizard, which shows you which bootable volumes the
...and rename the boot volume's menu entry:
You will move on to the boot options panel.
You will move on to the boot details panel:
You will be presented with the confirmation dialog:
The boot manager installation wizard will quit, and you will return to
You've finished installing the BeOS boot menu onto your system. You should test
If for some reason after you install Bootman you decide that you need to uninstall it, or if some of your boot volumes are not accessible using Bootman, you may need to use the Be Boot Manager to Uninstall Bootman. There are two different ways to do this:
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