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Old 12-05-2007, 12:27 AM   #1
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How to use GRUB CD to boot Win XP?


I have a dual-boot PC with XP and Fedora Linux, on separate hard drives. I would like to be able to boot up either one individually, but I don't really understand the boot process.

GRUB is on the 2nd drive, but if I need to remove that drive (or if it goes bad) I still want to be able to boot the 1st (XP) drive.
I tried removing the 2nd drive, and booting with a GRUB CD. At the grub prompt I typed in:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

That is from my working grub.conf file on the 2nd drive.
Nothing happens.
What am I missing?
 
Old 12-05-2007, 06:54 AM   #2
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command line needs one tiny more command
boot

see my signature if you get into further troubles...I hope not

I prefer

grub
root (hd0,0).....grub should respond with a fat
chainloader +1
makeactive
boot

makeactive may not be required as your msdos style mbr should already have the bootable flag but what the heck no harm in using it......good luck
 
Old 12-05-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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thanks

Those are the magic words, aus9.
It's a relief to know that I can still run one of the drives if the other one fails.
Thank you!
 
Old 12-05-2007, 08:00 PM   #4
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umm, please test it rather than trusing my word
 
Old 12-06-2007, 12:52 AM   #5
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I did run those commands, aus9.
You were right about makeactive, it wasn't necessary.
Also I can use: root (hd0,0) instead of rootnoverify,
it works either way.
Thanks for your help.
 
  


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