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I was running FC-3 and XP quite for sometime in my box. I have two HDDs ( 1 40Gb & 1 20Gb)but the both the OS are on hda (40Gb. I downloaded FC-6 iso images through torrent and prepared 5 CDs with ISO. While I first time tried to install it, after checking boxes for Software development and web server, it reported somekind of bug and shutdown. Then I opted for Office and Software DEvelopment and this time it reported that the it can't open some rpm file from the 3rd CD. So, Once again I restarted and opted for only office and this time the installation went smoothly with grub bootloader on 1st partition of Hda6 as default( as was earlier in FC-3). But after rebooting, it says Loading Grub, please wait.. Error No.17. I had downloaded the ZOD FC6 LiveCD but that also gives some gnome error message and after reaching the desktop screen it froze. What's going wrong and why so, I am realy not able to figure out. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated as I can't work on XP either.
P.S. setup (hd0,8) tells me that the hd8 format is unknown and fdisk -l says the hda9 as 8e instead of ext3 like other linux partitions. I can't figure out really what is happening.
Reference the links I put in that thread. I always got this error with FC5 and 6. I know how "I' got around it, but I used 2 different drives to boot Windows and FC, so I don't want to accidentally screw you up.
I solved the Grub Eror 17 by find /grub/stage1 then root (hdx,y) and setup (hdx,y) and the grub screen is Ok and FC6 is running smooth, I have to change the kernel from i586 to i686 though with kernel-fix.sh. But now my XP will not run, It is coming with hal.dll missing message. So for a fix to this, I wanted to rewrite the boot.ini but surprisingly the XP install CD stucks at the point where the message goes as "Setup is inspcting your hardware". Several tries have failed and at one point of time I left it for more than 8 hours to see if it can bring me up to the required point i.e. repair and then chkdsk /f, bootcfg /rebuild, fixboot, fixmbr.. but unfortunately it did'nt work. Now, I am waiting for my friends and the peers to come and save me from losing my xp for no fault of mine. What is surprising me is the fact that FC-6 was freshly installed by formating the partitions on which my FC-3 was residing and grub was loaded in partition 6 and not on mbr and only a free space was formated for home. Then how come the xp was disturbed ?
my df response is
Filesystem 1K Block Used Available Use% Mounted
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 990342 2814616 6577636 30% /
/dev/hda7 147764 10770 129365 8% /boot
/dev/hda8 4932920 141156 4537136 4% /home
and fdisk -l /dev/hda
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 522 4192933+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 523 4864 34877115 f W95Extd(LBA)
/dev/hda5 523 1044 4192933+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda6 1698 3022 10482381 b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda7 1045 1063 132586 83 Linux
/dev/hda8 1064 1697 5092573+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda9 3003 4864 14956483+ 8e Linux LVM