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1) Windows doesn't have a boot loader as such. If you install windows after Linux for example, you cannot get back into Linux without a boot floppy. Why? Cause Windows wants to take over your PC ;O)
2) Type su in a terminal (Super-User, a synonym for root) and then enter your password. You can do this from under any user. Try not to use root unless you have to.
3) To change the boot loader text it really depends on what boot loader you are using. If it's LILO, you'll need to edit lilo.conf, if it's GRUB, you'll need to edit menu.lst. For info on these, check the man pages :O)
4) Finally, I'm not sure why you want to mount, but a word of advice. In general anything you want to do in linux can be done with a nice gui - but where's the fun in that! Go over the man pages thoroughly, edit configuration files by hand, and you'll have a true understand of how things really work.
Hey, to become "root" open up the "terminal" and type in "su" then your password.
1. Open the terminal type "su" <password> then gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf and find the word "DOS" (or whaterver)
2. to mount, open the terminal and become root. then "mount /dev/hd* (whatever HDD it is) /mnt/windows" if you using Gnome just right click on the desktop then "disks" and your hdd should be there. If you have Windows 2000/XP then you need NTFS support, someone here can tell you how mount it.
That mount command won't work because /dev/hda is the label for the hard drive, not a partition on the hard drive. If it's just one big partition, or Windows XP is on the first partition then use /dev/hda1 instead. Otherwise use /dev/hdax where x is the number of the partition which XP is on
edit: For your fdisk problem, you will either need /sbin in your PATH variable (which it should be for root) or you need to go into /sbin and use "./fdisk" to tell it it's in the current directory. To add it to your PATH, edit /root/.bash_profile, find the line which says something like "PATH=....." and add ":/sbin" to it. If it's not there, then add the line "PATH=$PATH:/sbin" to the end of the file, followed by "export PATH"
Hope this helps
Last edited by guygriffiths; 12-09-2003 at 08:34 AM.