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I'm not sure. I don't think it was either one of them.
At first I had just Win98. Then I installed Red Hat 8 on a separate drive, using a Linux boot diskette and two CD's. I followed a wizard throughout the installation that managed the partitioning of my second hard drive and made my system a dual boot.
At startup I would get a selection screen with a Red Hat bitmap, allowing me to choose between Win98 and Red Hat 8.
After re´nstalling Windows, the selection menu disappeared.
My "Mandrake"-way for this problem was to boot the linux-installation via a boot cd or disk. Back in Linux you will have in your X enviroment (KDE, Gnome..) somewhere a menu for changing the boot sequences. After running this tool the boot menu will be back. Maybe it will be enough just to type in "lilo" in a shell..
I think Red Hat will handle the problem in an similiar way.
I think RH uses GRUB, but I'm not sure. Try this method (if you don't have GRUB, it won't do anything):
1) use a boot disk to get into your linux system.
2) log in as root
3) type "fdisk -l" and check which partition your boot partition is (probably /dev/hdb1 or something)
4) type "grub". You will get a prompt like this:
grub> root (hd1,0)
grub> setup (hd0)
you might need to change the first command, depending on where your boot partition is. For /dev/hda1, you need (hd0,0), for /dev/hdb2 you need (hd1,1) etc.
Thats it. Reboot and GRUB should be reinstalled. It is possible but unlikely that you will need to alter your /boot/grub/grub.conf file. Don't worry about it for now.
EDIT: NEVER MIND. DON'T DO THIS
You can always use a slackware bootdisk. Go to http://slackware.com/getslack/ and choose a mirror. CD to slackware-current/bootdisks and download bare.i. To create the image in windows, you will also need one of the RAWRITExx.EXE's. At the boot prompt, you will need to enter "mount root=/dev/hdXX" where hdXX is your root (/) filesystem. It will probably be /dev/hdb2.
Last edited by spuzzzzzzz; 02-16-2004 at 04:25 AM.
I booted from the first RH CD, ran the chroot command, after that I discovered with fdisk that the RH boot partition was in /dev/hdb2.
Then I used "grub" and just blindly followed the commands spuzzzzzzzzzzzz suggested.
root (hd1,1) tells grub that the root partition (/) is the second partition of the second disk.
setup (hd0) tells grub to install itself to the MBR of the first disk. When GRUB writes itself to the mbr of the first disk, it replaces the windows loader so that your computer won't boot automatically into windows.