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Old 01-14-2007, 05:40 PM   #16
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I think you are mixing so many things in a pot and couldn't tell which is which.

First of all stop complaining the installation problem if you think Fedora has been installed correctly so the problem lies with booting it.

You have XP operational. The steps of creating boot.lnx and editing XP's boot.ini is asking XP to boot Fedora. This is a waste of time as you haven't got a working Fedora so copying it unworkable boot loader brings no benefit. So concentrate on using Fedora to multi-boot XP as it is about 10 times easier.

To rescue Linux requires tools. Do you have any Live CD? to follow Task B5?

You have Fedora installation CD but can you boot it up and has the kernel available for you to use? so that you can execute Task B4 or B5?

At this moment of time just concentrate on "restoring the boot loader" into the MBR. Simplify your problem.
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I have just booted up the Fedora C6 CD. Pressing F5 is the rescue mode. Then type "Linux rescue" as instructed by the CD will boot you to a terminal.

You are then having a full use of the kernel, Bash shell and the full set of terminal commands at your disposal.

Your entire Fedora partition is mounted in the /mnt/sysimage directory. You can actually see all the files, edit them and do whatever rescuse work that is needed.

Therefore to get inside the unbootable Fedora you use the "chroot" command to change root from the boot up CD Linux into the unbootable Fedora Linux
Code:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
Once inside you restore Grub to the MBR by command
Code:
grub-install dev/hda
exit
reboot
On a reboot you should see Grub if the installer has done its job.

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Old 01-17-2007, 05:56 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by saikee
I think you are mixing so many things in a pot and couldn't tell which is which.

First of all stop complaining the installation problem if you think Fedora has been installed correctly so the problem lies with booting it.

You have XP operational. The steps of creating boot.lnx and editing XP's boot.ini is asking XP to boot Fedora. This is a waste of time as you haven't got a working Fedora so copying it unworkable boot loader brings no benefit. So concentrate on using Fedora to multi-boot XP as it is about 10 times easier.

To rescue Linux requires tools. Do you have any Live CD? to follow Task B5?

You have Fedora installation CD but can you boot it up and has the kernel available for you to use? so that you can execute Task B4 or B5?

At this moment of time just concentrate on "restoring the boot loader" into the MBR. Simplify your problem.
--------------------------------------------
I have just booted up the Fedora C6 CD. Pressing F5 is the rescue mode. Then type "Linux rescue" as instructed by the CD will boot you to a terminal.

You are then having a full use of the kernel, Bash shell and the full set of terminal commands at your disposal.

Your entire Fedora partition is mounted in the /mnt/sysimage directory. You can actually see all the files, edit them and do whatever rescuse work that is needed.

Therefore to get inside the unbootable Fedora you use the "chroot" command to change root from the boot up CD Linux into the unbootable Fedora Linux
Code:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
Once inside you restore Grub to the MBR by command
Code:
grub-install dev/hda
exit
reboot
On a reboot you should see Grub if the installer has done its job.
thanks for your post I had given up, removed the windows drive and just installed fedora 5 as f6 just wouldnt install whatever i did. I don't think i installed the boot loader so i dont know whether its worth putting the windows drive back in and trying this......hmmmm.
 
Old 01-17-2007, 06:09 PM   #18
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Hey ive had almost the same exact problem with fedora 6 and xp...Nothing i do will get them to dual boot, i even got fedora 6 to install and everything seems ok, untill i restart, and then theres some random problem
 
Old 01-18-2007, 11:45 AM   #19
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canon303,

Grub is part of the Linux and so Grub can be restored any number of times with the commands given in Post #16. The configuration file can be written by an owner and need no more than 3 lines of text.

So next time you have to do a re-install bear this in mind.


caddop,

I think it would be better if you start a new thread.

Give a brief indication of your problem.

Let others know you partitioning scheme by pasting the output of the terminal command "sudo fdisk -l" here. This file will show us how your hard disks have been partitioned and where are XP and Fedora.

To rescue a Linux you need tools. By booting up Fedora installation CD, opt for F5 the rescue mode you can use Fedora terminal mode to carry out all the rescue work.

You should list out the content of these two files

/boot/grub/grub.conf------which tells us how Fedora boots itself
/etc/fstab----------------which tells us which files Fedora has been asked to mount

If you don't know how to get any of them, ask the questions. We are all here for you.
 
  


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