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Old 01-04-2006, 01:15 PM   #1
cooldeal
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Exclamation Dual Boot with 2 Hard-disks


Can You please Help me with Dual Boot.

I am learning Linux. I recently installed RH9 2.4 at home, but I access it only using the bootable Floppy. I have two Hard-disks.
I have Windows XP in the primary HD which was already installed when I took my HP PC. I installed Linux in second Hard-Disk.

If I change my Hard-disk order, as in, IF I make my Linux hard-disk as the Primary Hard-disk then I can boot into Linux directly using the option on the GRUB screen. But when I try to log in at Windows, I cannot. I want to Log in to Windows using the option on the GRUB screen.

The Details:

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Hard-disk / Partitions / OS
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1 / Vfat, NTFS / Windows XP
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2 / ext3 / Linux
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And My /boot/grub/menu.lst looks like this :

#boot=/dev/hda
default=3
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,4)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title Windows XP Home
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1


Do Let me know as to what I can do to solve this problem.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 03:50 PM   #2
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How to boot windows from non-first disk
 
Old 01-04-2006, 03:50 PM   #3
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For starters, you say that you have Windows on first drive, and RH( on the second drive. Your menu.lst says the opposite....

In grub-speak, the first drive is hd0, so the windows entrie need to point there, and the RH entries need to point to hd1.

don't understand "vfat/NTFS"

How did you install grub---did you let the RH installer do it for you? manual setup ?
 
Old 01-04-2006, 03:51 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Emerson
That's not what he is looking for. He has Windows on the first disk
 
Old 01-04-2006, 03:53 PM   #5
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Cooldeal,

My understanding is that you installed FC3 on a 2nd hard disk and put GRUB in the MBR of that hard disk. Now you're tired of using a boot floppy and swapped drives. Now you want Linux on the first drive (hd0) and XP on the second drive (hd1), and you want GRUB to control which you boot. Assuming (always dangerous) I understand you correctly, try this:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...d_HD_with_Grub

Last edited by pljvaldez; 01-04-2006 at 03:57 PM.
 
  


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