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Hi. I recently reinstaled XP on my computer, and now I can't get the bootloader to show up. Whenever I turn on my computer, all I get is the familiar "Welcome to Windows..." logo. Is there a way I can set it up so I can use dual boot? If nothing else, I could just reinstall Linux, but I'd rather not go through the hassle.
If it helps any, I'm using Fedora as my distro, and I believe it had GRUB on it before Windows wiped it out.
No primary master device at the moment, i.e. HDD taken away a while ago. Only 1 80GB HDD as primary slave. My CD-ROM is on the secondary controller.
Everything was running perfectly well (grub dual booting), until I "resized" my 3rd win partition to make way for a linux swap (thought I 256MB RAM is enough to avoid a swap but was wrong) using winxp utility.
k try this, boot into the rescue CD and get in the grub prompt, then enter
GRUB> root (hd0,1)
it should display the partition type, which should be 83 and whatever filesystem you're using, if it displays type 7, try (hd0,2).
After thats done enter this
GRUB> setup (hd0)
see if GRUB installs properly
You probably won't be able to make a swap partition using that blank free space, since you already have 3 primary + 1 extended partition. Not exactly sure why this problem occured, probably has something to do with how Windows XP disk manager updated the partition table, but if you're still able to access your files in your Linux partiton then everything should still be ok.
Most of these look like the classic, windows wants to OWN the hard drives first MBR, if you partition for dual boot with that in mind, that's half the battle...
IMO I see nothing wrong with Windows taking over MBR, when you install an operating system, obviously you want to be able to use it, the installer does its best making sure that you can, whats wrong with that? Most operating systems aren't designed to co-exist with each other.
root (hd0,2) and setup(hd0) said success. Then I reboot, but receive a black screen. Booted into winxp after a few seconds.
Suspecting that GRUB was unable to display the graphical screen, I used arrow key to select Linux (DOS was my default). My guess seems correct but:
Booting 'Red Hat Linux 2.4.20-8
Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
Error 15: File not found
Press any key to continue ...
This sent me to a blurry GRUB screen -> select DOS -> same message again
Booting into winxp works as normal.
Thanks for the prompt responses. If you think this is getting too complex to troubleshoot properly, I'm willing to reinstall RH9.