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Old 03-30-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Before compiling kernel


Hello,

I plan to compile the kernel, so I can try some things for a project (convert a Linux box into an Access Point). The thing is I want to use my latop in which i also have Windows, with all my stuff.. My boot loader is Linux.. so I think it may be dangereous.. Is there a way to switch to windows loader? (my Linux version is Fedora 5) Would that solve the problem of damaging the Linux boot loader in the compilation process and not being able to access my Windows partition?

tnx,
Fernando
 
Old 03-30-2006, 06:39 PM   #2
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Compiling the kernel shouldn't have any effect on the boot loader. What you'll do is install the new kernel and leave an option in the boot loader to run the old kernel. Then you can select which you want at boot time. When you get your new kernel just the way you like it, you can delete the old kernel. Although, personally, I always keep around the original stock kernel because it worked when I first installed it...
 
Old 03-30-2006, 06:46 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by fbarsoba
My boot loader is Linux..
I suppose you mean grub (grub is the default of FC5).

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Is there a way to switch to windows loader?
Yes, there is...search around in this forum about replacing grub with windows. There are many many threads on this topic.

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Would that solve the problem of damaging the Linux boot loader in the compilation process and not being able to access my Windows partition?
I don't think the kernel compilation would anyway affect the bootloader. In case of grub, you would have to actually edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst or /boot/grub/grub.conf file and then make entries for your new kernel.

Tux,
 
Old 03-30-2006, 08:23 PM   #4
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Thanks to both for your responses.. much clearer now..

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