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Old 07-30-2006, 07:29 AM   #1
ravisagar
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Dual boot Windows on SATA drive and Fedora Core on IDE


Hi All,

I have Fedora core installed on IDE drive. Few days back I installed a SATA drive on my computer with windows xp. Now I copied the first 512 bytes of linux primary partition to C:\linux.bin and added its entry to my windows boot.ini file. The problem is when I restart my computer I get a Linux menu item on the windows boot screen but when I hit enter I can just see a 'Grub' on top left corner.

Is there any BIOS setting also to boot from IDE drive from a SATA drive.

Please help me on this, as I am unable to solve this problem.

Thanks and regards,
Ravi Sagar
 
Old 07-30-2006, 08:49 AM   #2
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If you are trying to put GRUB into the Windows setup, you would copy the 1st 512 bytes from the Linux DRIVE--not the 1st partition. But--since you got a GRUB prompt, I assume you did this.
I think that just getting a GRUB prompt means that grub is not seeing its config file. When GRUB is installed, it is first told where its root is. This gets hard-coded into the GRUB image that actually gets installed.
If the Linux install works by itself, then GRUB is installed correctly.

Why not set up GRUB to boot Windows?
 
Old 07-30-2006, 10:41 AM   #3
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When I change my boot priority in BIOS to boot from IDE drive instead of SATA then Fedora Core unable to boot properly. It stops and give some Interrupt proplem.

Is there any other way to modify boot.ini to boot from IDE drive.
 
Old 07-30-2006, 10:47 AM   #4
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If Fedora starts to boot, then the GRUB install is OK. What is the error message?

Get Fedora working on one drive before you try get dual-boot set up.

Pointing the Windows bootloader at a copy of GRUB is the only way of dual-booting using the Windows loader.

Again, why not use GRUB for the dual-boot? (But get Fedora working first)
 
Old 07-30-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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I have two Hard disks.
1. Hard disk 1 (IDE): Fedora Core
2. Hard disk 2 (SATA): Windows xp

Fedora is working fine when I disable my SATA drive from BIOS. Hence there is no problem with Grub. But when I enable SATA drive and makes computer boot from SATA then windows loads up.

I cannot use fedora's grub to load windows because when I enable SATA and make my IDE as first boot drive from BIOS then I am unable to boot linux also. I get the error like...
irq11: nobody cared!
handlers:
[<cc83b5e37>] (ATA....)
Disabling IRQ # 11

I am totally clueless

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Old 07-30-2006, 03:12 PM   #6
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You might want to consider putting both (all) of your OSes on one drive, and use the other for shared data.
 
Old 07-30-2006, 10:07 PM   #7
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Yes that could be the solution.
But the problem is that I am unable to install Fedora core 4 on SATA drive.
 
  


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