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Old 05-31-2004, 03:08 AM   #1
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Talking Scared to install FC2 (due to these dual-boot problems). XD

Should my primary harddrive's MBR be safe as long as I install FC2 in my secondary hard drive's spare partition (where I have FC1)? (I'm upgrading from FC1). I use Windows' boot menu due to its simplicity. I do this by using the following command:

dd if=/dev/hdb# of=/whatever_directory/bootlsect.lnx bs=512 count=1

where I barrowed my 2nd hard drive's /boot partition's boot sector, so I can add the file to c:\boot.ini and dual-boot between Windows XP or FC1. I used the Fedora boot disks only once to boot into FC1 and copy the boot sector.

This is the way how I install Fedora and configure dual-boot using Window's boot menu. But I'm worried about all this FC2's dual-boot problems going around. I should be safe as long as I don't install Grub in my primary harddrive's MBR, right?
Old 05-31-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
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Try installing grub onto the root partition of the linux installation. Installing lilo is not diffiicult and can be just as simple, if not simpler (a palin "lilo" at the command prompt) to install. There is no copying of the MBR and editing of boot.ini, and you can do it all from linux!
Old 06-04-2004, 08:27 AM   #3
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Don't worry about it. The problem is more rare than is made out to be and there is a fix for it any way. According to what's been written, its an XP problem and can happen to anyone.
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I have XP and dual boot working here at work, I used whatever is default in the gui install of FC2 and aside from it labels my XP boot as Other it works just fine. I had XP installed on one drive first then I added a second HD and installed FC2 onto it.


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