Ok, I've read a lot of articles about this, but none seem to have helped, so I'm asking the experts
I've got an older system (Pentium II, 192MG RAM, 2 IDE HDs, 6GB and 8GB).
On HD1, Windows is installed on the only partition (HD0,0). On the second, I have 3 partitions, 3.5GB (root), .5GB(swap), and 4GB (vfat for file storage/sharing between systems).
So I installed Fedora Core 2, putting grub on the 1st partition of the installation, not the MBR. I did the whole dd if=/dev/hdc1 (the second disk is called 'hdc' becasue it's promary on the secong ribbon, CD is slave on 1st ribbon) of=linux.bin bs=512 count=1 command, and then copied it to C:\ and added an entry for it in boot.ini. But when I try booting from that, I get the "GRUB _" (_ flashing) on the screen, and linux doesn't boot. If I install grub to a floppy drive (grub-install /dev/fd0), I can boot to linux from the floppy for awhile until it gives me the "GRUB _" thing again ( i think it stops working if I try to boot from the HD andfail, and then try booting from the floppy again).
So, why on Earth is it booting from the floppy with grub installed, but when I copy the boot sector from hdc and put it on C:\, it won't boot?