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Old 09-06-2003, 09:46 AM   #1
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Do I have to install windows first? :(


I am sick of installing and reinstalling linux and windows... I have linux how I want it pretty much but I want to put xp on another partition. Is there any easy way to install windows and then I dunno re-instate grub?

Adam
 
Old 09-06-2003, 09:58 AM   #2
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Yes there is...

Install windows as normal, then switch your bios to boot from CD. Use the redhat boot cd to load a basic linux shell. Login as root.

Now type as follows :

mount /dev/hd? /mnt

chroot /mnt

this should now leave you logged in as root on YOUR system disk. Remeber to replace ? with your disk address.

You can now reconfigure grub. I'm not sure how, i use lilo, but i'm sure it's easy, lilo is just a case of typing :

lilo (return) and it adds your bootloader again. I suppose it's similar with grub.

Hope that helped !
 
Old 09-06-2003, 10:00 AM   #3
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Windows always tries to replace the bootloader. Just boot intlo linux afterwards using a floppy or "linux rescue" mode from CD1 then rn:
/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda

This will reinstate grub on the MBR of the primary master ide drive.
 
Old 09-06-2003, 11:09 AM   #4
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Before I do anything drastic

So all I need to do is install windows and then boot from my boot floppy (linux made when I was installing it) and literally type:

/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda

I dont need to substitute anything or anything like that?

Adam
 
Old 09-06-2003, 11:12 AM   #5
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That should work fine assuming you login as root and that hda is the drive you want to install grub to the MBR of - more than likely it will be.
 
Old 09-06-2003, 11:19 AM   #6
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Root

when you say log in as root you mean just boot off the disk and when I get the prompt typ su and my password? Then do the above?

Adam
 
Old 09-06-2003, 11:24 AM   #7
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Yes, Or just use the username "root" and type the password you usually type after "su -". It is the same thing
 
Old 09-06-2003, 02:27 PM   #8
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Your not going to believe this

Hey when I try to boot of my boot disk it gives me an error :
syslinux 2002-10-25
Boot Failed

I cant seem to make another disk either with instructions that I found on the net because when I type:

[adam@localhost adam]$ fdformat /dev/fd0H1440
/dev/fd0H1440: Device or resource busy
[adam@localhost adam]$

I have tried mounting and unmounting the floppy but I dunno what to do now!

Lucky I tried the boot disk BEFORE installing windows!

Adam
 
Old 09-06-2003, 02:48 PM   #9
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The alternative is:
1) boot with CD1
2) at the "boot:" prompt type "linux rescue"
3) once the system has booted run "chroot /mnt/sysimage"
4) Run the grub install "/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda"
5) Remove the cd and reboot "shutdown -r now"
 
  


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