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The problem I have is this. I just installed RH 8.0. Also have XP installed (which I'm not totally impressed with btw). I thought I installed GRUB and now when I start the box it goes directly into XP. Now, when I run GRUB from a terminal, and try to configure it, it tells me that I haven't installed a boot partition. Now I am new and before someone rips on me, let me admit I know nothing!!! So, if someone can steer me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it and a very large mug of beer goes to you! I know I can just re-install RH, but I'd rather learn something here.
You really don't need the /boot partition, since grub never need it to run (if you install the stage1 in the MBR) and newer versions of lilo don't need it too. It was necessary because the loader can't reach cyclinders above the 1024, like barbanero just said..
If you have access to your system with a boot disk, you can reinstall your bootloader, but before install hin it's a good idea to clean then first:
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdx bs=512 count=1
With Grub you must to know the number of the partition that the data is, the first number is the number of the hd ( primary master -> 0 ), and the second is the number of the partition. Ex: hda1 => hd0,0; hdb2 => hd1,1
Both grub and lilo support having the /boot partition beyond the 1024 cylinder. You just have to turn on that option. Grub has this feature built in. Lilo requires the option. Check the lilo man page...
But then again, like vladkrack said, you do not even need the boot partition...
You will have to remove from /etc/fstab the line that mounts the partition /boot, edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst in order to reflect your actual situation in partition scheme, then reinstall grub to make it work properly with the lines that I posted earlier too.