Originally Posted by linuxuserwannabe
i have Ubuntu on one HDD, and WinXP on another, can i get a boot manager for Ubuntu to select which one i want?
Absolutely!! You can install GRUB from Ubuntu.
I assume you can boot into Ubuntu by setting the boot order in the BIOS. In Ubuntu, open a terminal, and enter "su" to become root. If you have not enabled the root account, you can do so by entering "sudo passwd root". You will be prompted for your user password, and then for the new root password.
Next, do fdisk -l to see what the partion numbers and types are. We need to know the partition numbers for Windows, and for the Linux drive which contains /boot. This is quite likely the same as the "/" partition.
If you can boot into Ubuntu, it means GRUB is already configured--and all we need to do is change the Windows entry so that it can boot from what is now drive 2.
Using an editor like nano, open the file: /boot/grub/menu.lst Find the entry for Windows and modify (or create a new one)as follows:
rootnoverify (hd1,0) assumes that Windows in on drive 2, partition 1--ie /dev/hdb1 in the fdisk output
You can also install GRUB on the mbr of the Windows drive. In this cans the configuraiton file will need to be different.
GRUB manual here