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Old 08-28-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
SMD111
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Unhappy Dual OS installation failure


I have a workstation with Windows XP and 80G hard drive. I came across another 40G hard drive and added it to the workstation. I tried to install Fedora 16 on the second hard drive. In the process, I select the second disk as the destination and "use entire space" option. The installation process goes smooth and ends with congratulations. After rebooting, I do not see the usual GRUB menu to choose which OS to boot, and have access to Windows only.
Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Old 08-28-2014, 02:05 PM   #2
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Switch the boot order in bios where the 40GB drive that has fedora installed on it is first. I think since you installed on a separate drive, grub was not installed.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #3
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If switching drives in the BIOS doesn't work for some reason, I would suggest you post more detailed information. The easiest way to get that is to download and run the bootinfoscript from the link below. You need to run it from Linux so you can do it from the Fedora installation medium. Instructions on its use are in a link in the Description box at the site. After running it you will get a file called results.txt which you can review or post here for help.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/
 
Old 08-28-2014, 03:33 PM   #4
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Strangely enough, the BIOS of this workstation (HP xw6000) does not distinguish between the two hard drives in the 'Boot Order' section, just listing C:, USB, CD and Network.
Both drives sit on the primary IDE channels 0 and 1, so... I swapped the IDE cables, connecting the Linux drive to channel 0 and Windows drive to channel 1.
It all works now!
Thanks for the prompt replies and advice!

However, this brings up the question: why did the installation utility assume this reverse order of drives when Linux was being installed (I used a live USB for that)?
 
Old 08-28-2014, 05:00 PM   #5
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It did not assume that, it did what you told it to do and installed on the drive you specified, boot loader and all. It probably should have been smarter and should have asked you if you want the bootloader on the primary drive but it did not.
If you are installing on a brand name machine (DELL etc) chances are the BIOS is very basic and does not allow for a lot of custom configurations. If that's the case, it was probably configured to look at the master drive and not the slave and was locked to that.
 
Old 08-28-2014, 05:39 PM   #6
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I would guess that since you were installing to one drive you installed the bootloader to that drive (sdb). The default would be to the first drive on the system. That seems like a pretty weird BIOS.

FYI, Fedora 16 has not been supported since February, 2013 so no updates of any kind are available.

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