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Previously on my Dell Dimension 4100, I had 2 OS
1) Windows ME
2) Fedora Core 3
Over Win_ME, I installed Windows XP (SP2) and now I am NOT able to boot into FC3...
If I boot thru' the FC3 bootable floppy, I get the message
So I tried booting thru' the RESCUE CD of FC3...
After I issued
returns that hda is not a block device or bad disk or something like that...
I still went ahead and issued:
$>grub-install --recheck /dev/hda
That command came back with the command prompt (no visible error).
But when I issued:
I got the same message "hda -- bad block device or is not a block device"..something of that sort...
The machine boots up fine in Windows XP and I think it is doing it thru' Windows XP's boot loader (boot.ini)...but I NEITHER am able to install GRUB successfully NOR am able to boot into Fedora Core 3 again....
According to: http://www.compukiss.com/populartopi...m/review32.htm
your Dell Dimension 4100 has only 128M of RAM. I suspect that you are not going to be happy w/ the performance of XP on this hardware w/o upgrading the mem. If you must still have M$ Win, suggest you consider installing 2k or 98SE. Also, in the long run I'm not sure that XP won't crowd your stock 20g hd.
Before I go off in 5 directions at once, how about answers to:[list=1][*]How much RAM is currently installed?[*]How much RAM can you afford to add?[*]How big is the current hard disk or disks?[*]Can you afford another hard disk? How big?[/list=1]
I think the key here is to develop the best strategy for the hardware that will be available.
Thanks for bothering to answer my Q's, even though my concerns were misplaced. Either you have already upgraded your hardware or my source lied. In either case, you should have enough RAM & enough disk to do what you want.
Any chance your drive is not the Primary/Master, i.e. hda? --
"hda -- bad block device or is not a block device"
sounds like that is not where your drive is being seen. If there is any chance of this, check the BIOS, & then the physical cabling. Were you able to:
$ fdisk -l
(Please post output.) If not, maybe a Knoppix live CD.
hmmm dell ... only one ide drive so it must be primary master - especially since it has been working before.
hda1 is normally a recovery partition
hda2 will be win (hope)
hda3 & 4 are the remaining primary partitions, so anaconda would normally make hda3 into an extended patrition across the remaining diskspace, then create root, boot and swap as hda5,6,7. (note hda4 vanishes)
definately need output of fdisk -l (man fdisk for details) to check this - will also tell you if the winxp install has wiped all your partitions.