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Old 03-04-2005, 04:42 PM   #16
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When I initially installed, I let it install to the MBR (the default option). When that did not work, I reinstalled having it installed in the boot partition of the third drive. It still didn't boot.
I seem to be at a loss...
I'll try the jumper thing and report back tommorow.
I don't think the jumper change will work. If you installed FC into the third drive (hdc), then it expects to be in the third drive position when you boot. Changing the jumper to make it the primary drive will cause it to be identified as hda, not hdc. For one thing, /etc/fstab will be set up to mount root from a partition on hdc, not hda. I am not sure, but I think the rdev command might be needed on the kernel image along with editing /etc/fstab.

The standard way to configure Linux on a second or third drive would be to have grub install into the MBR of the first drive (hda). This will take over the boot sector which is booting your XP. If the install detected the XP partition and added it to the grub.conf, you will still be able to boot XP from the grub menu, but use caution.

Before taking any potentially destructive steps, you might want to download a product called "Smart Boot Manager" and create a floppy boot disk which will boot ANY bootable partition without disturbing any boot sectors.
 
Old 03-04-2005, 05:03 PM   #17
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Thank you. I am trying that disk now, and if it works my next post will be from linux!
 
Old 03-04-2005, 05:10 PM   #18
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It didn't work. I can select the linux drive (it shows it as HD0), but I still get stuck at the GRUB screen. Is there a way to overwrite grub so I can skip past it?
 
Old 03-05-2005, 02:50 PM   #19
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Yeah, the jumper didn't work. The drive wouldn't even show up in the bios when I switched the jumper to master.
 
Old 03-06-2005, 03:37 PM   #20
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Old 03-08-2005, 12:46 PM   #21
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Any progress??

Did you try to re-install...

I have a spare computer on which I can try this, but it will take me a few days to try this...

Post back, if you have not given up..
 
Old 03-08-2005, 02:13 PM   #22
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One more thing...

About the freezing "GRUB" window...



Excerpt from the following SUSE page :

>>If the boot process freezes with the message "grub",
>>change the line
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>> root (hd1,0)
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>>to
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>>rootnoverify (hd1,0)

Perhaps you could look further from this info....
 
Old 03-08-2005, 04:33 PM   #23
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yeah, when I get some free time I'm going to try to reformat and reinstall. Too busy with work right now
 
Old 03-09-2005, 12:35 AM   #24
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Actually thought of something else...

Before you re-install... How about putting FC2 disk 1 in and typing "linux rescue" and find an option that allows you to fix just the GRUB boot loader...
 
Old 03-09-2005, 12:54 PM   #25
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Heh, I've never used linux before, and I suspect I'd be too dumb to fix it if I found that option. The isos came with a rescue disc, btw, and I tried booting from it. I got a command prompt, at which I am absolutely helpless If you can give me a more detailed set of directions on 'just fixing grub' I'll give it a shot. Thanks for giving it thought though!
 
  


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