Originally posted by mobn
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.