Cant get dual boot working... please help
Alright, total Linux newb here but I really want to start using it. After a long day of struggling to get it working and trying three different distro's with none of the DVD's working I finally decided to try installing off my 2nd HD. So I have the FC5 ISO on device1 while XP is on device0. I was able to install it fine this way, having it allocate all empty space on device1 to the ext3 file format for FC5. So yah, it is installed and I was happy but then when I rebooted it just goes straight to XP. I searched around google and found a program called bootpart, so I ran it with the proper command lines to to create a file "bootsect.lnx" which I placed in my C:\ on the windows drive. I also changed the boot.ini in C:\ to include c:\bootsect.lnx="Linux". Rebooted, and it displayed Win XP or Linux, so I click on Linux and it goes to the next screen displaying some info about bootpart and then it just sat there. I don't remember the exact error it gave after a bit but something about placing the media in the drive.
I am ready to give up though. I tried reinstalling FC5 hoping grub or something magic would happen if I kept reinstalling, haha, but of course that didnt happen. I notice everyone talking about GRUB here on the forums to dual boot but I can not boot FC5 so there is no way for me to install anything Unix.
The partitions are pretty normal.
2 IDE Drives
0 - 200g - WinXp
1 - 150g - 10g vFat for the FC5 ISO with the rest for Linux
In partition magic it shows 1 as having:
* - unallocated - 7mb
* - extended - 10g
Local Disk F - FAT32 - 10g
Local Disk * - Linux ext3 - 102mb
Local Disk G - Type 8E - 142.5g
When installing FC5 I told it to just use all the unpartitioned space and set up default partitions and that is what it set up, the ext3 and 8E.
I am ready to start pulling the hair straight out of my scalp after rebooting my pc as many times as I have today so if anyone has any advice or could point me in the right direction that would be great.
Thanks in advance.
PS. I know FC5 is installed fulled because I went into rescue mode and was trying to figure out the commands. Granted I did not figure them out, but I typed in find at one point and it just spammed me for like 3 minutes with every file installed on the Linux drive.
Last edited by trancekid; 06-21-2006 at 10:12 PM.