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Old 11-27-2003, 05:15 PM   #1
TuxNewb
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Unhappy Dual Boot Redhat Linux 9 and Windows


Ok I have read about every freaking post on this site that deals with dual boot of any kind be it mandrake, redhat, slackware etc. My dual boot still wont work.

I was building a computer and wanted to put RH9 on it and use my old HDD that has Windows XP installed. Windows HDD would not work for some reason dealing with the fact that something was missing or corrupt so i just reformatted and it was working fine. I started my trouble shotting by switching which HDD loaded first. I made Windows my Pri. Slave and The Linux HDD is a SATA drive and I dont know how to set it as anything.

Anyways my problem is this. I get the GRUB bootloader to load Linux JUST FINE. I couldnt ask for more on that side of the board. When I choose Windows XP (DOS) I get the message:

Booting 'Windows XP Home'

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

which is what is what i have in the grub.conf file. My question pretty much is this. How can I get Windows to Load dual-boot.

I tried using the map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)

thing that helped NONE. I dont know where to go from here.

I do know that my Windows HDD is hdb
I know my Linux HDD is hde
 
Old 11-27-2003, 07:45 PM   #2
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I don't know how you can boot with no hda drive.
Grub uses (hd1,0) for hdb and (hd4,0) for hde.
Perhaps try those map commands with (hd1) and (hd4) ?
Only windows needs to be primary bootable, not Linux.
My configurations with IDE always boot from grub (hd0,0).
 
Old 11-27-2003, 08:46 PM   #3
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I got a little confused, are you using one hard drive still or two? The way I set up my dual boot is to install Windows first and make sure that is working right. Then I installed PartitionMagic and used that create a few partitions. With XP, everything will be NTFS. PartitionMagic will let you create a new partition. From the Extended partition (the new one), you can format it to ext2, and then create your swap partition from this. When you reboot with the RH9 install disk, it should let you select the ext2 and swap partition you made with PartitionMagic to install on.

I have Windows XP booting with Redhat 9

XP - hda1
Redhat - hda5
swap - hda6

Shouldn't it all be "hda" something?
 
Old 11-27-2003, 10:41 PM   #4
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Before I'm having problem with Red Hat dual boot with Windows, this is all that I've done...
- I've partitioned my hard disk into two...
- format the first partition for Windows and leave the other one at is...
- Install Windows in the first partition
- Install Red Hat...
that's all I've done... and it's working...

Try to reinstall again both OS (but make sure to back up your files!!!)
 
Old 11-27-2003, 10:43 PM   #5
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I am using 2 HDD's. So Windows does NOT have to be the Pri. Slave cause i read a thread about something like that and that is what it said to do. Either way I will try to re-install windows (i already lost everything anyways) then re-install RH9 and see what happens. Any other suggestions would be appreciated though

Thanks
 
Old 11-27-2003, 11:50 PM   #6
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I do not understand what SATA configuration indicates.

From experience IDE drives are usually hda, hdb, hdc, hdd.
hda is primary master, hdb is primary slave, first cable;
hdc is secondary master, hdd is secondary slave, second cable.
The BIOS on most computers can only boot from hda, not hdb.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 03:55 AM   #7
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try to visit www.redhat.com and search information about dual boot...

or this url:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...-dualboot.html

-AKO-
 
Old 11-28-2003, 04:39 PM   #8
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I really dont know what the heck i did but i formated both HDD's reinstalled windowsXP while it was Pri. Slave. Then Installed Linux as hde (niether pri. or sec. anything dont know what the heck it is) and it works now so im satisfied so thanks anyway.

So
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Before I'm having problem with Red Hat dual boot with Windows, this is all that I've done...
- I've partitioned my hard disk into two...
- format the first partition for Windows and leave the other one at is...
- Install Windows in the first partition
- Install Red Hat...
that's all I've done... and it's working...

Try to reinstall again both OS (but make sure to back up your files!!!)

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

That seemed to work for me

Thanks to all that replied
 
  


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