ok, “solved” the problem.
I created an extended partition after the normal hdc1,2,3, so hdc5, formatted it in ext3; and then gunzipped the rootfs and copied all data from a mounted rootfs, and the /usr, /sbin, /lib/modules directory from the ‘virtual cdrom’ device, in my case hdc2 to the newly created /dev/hdc5.
Then I appended a root=/dev/hdc5 to the menu.1st of the grub-config.
In fact I could wipe out all the mounting in the ramdisk thingies in the linuxrc file from the initrd.gz, but I can live with the complaints, then I realise what I’ve done setting this up today when it reboots 🙂
Works perfectly thank you!
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