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I know this has been discussed before, but I cannot seem to decipher what it is all about. Here is my configuration need, and how far I have gotten, plain and simple:
The machine is a Dell C840 with a 60GB primary drive and a 40GB modular (secondary) drive. My intent was Red Hat WS on the secondary drive, but without GRUB in the MBR, as I wanted to be able to remove the secondary drive when needed, and still be able to boot Windows XP.
So, I run through a standard install of the retail RH9, on the secondary drive. I do an advanced bootloader config, and install GRUB on the secondary drive in the boot partition. According to my reading, this was the way to go. Using this route, I got no hardware boot incompatibility warning, so I assumed that GRUB would load from here using the BIOS drive boot select utility.
I was wrong. When selecting the secondary drive for boot, from BIOS, I get a "GRUB" in the top left corner, and a spinning drive (which obviously can't find the boot sector).
Then I read in this and other forums that the Windows bootloader is actually loading instead of GRUB, and I need to link the XP bootloader to GRUB, then it will run. I have seen some examples for LILO, but I am not afraid to say it all sounds like Latin to this newbie.
I was never warned during the RH9 install to create a boot disk, or anything else. Now I have RH9 installed, and can't get it up, let alone figure out how to get this or that file onto the root of my WinXP drive, and/or mod the boot.ini file (which I do know how to do, if someone would just tell me what to type in there).