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Old 04-26-2005, 09:53 PM   #1
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fc3 install doesnt install grub properly onto sata drive


Hi guys,
I tried to install FC3 on my computer running XP pro. I have a IDE Ultra ATA 120GB harddrive which is where xp and all my data is, and i recently bought a SATA 160GB hard drive so i didnt have to partition and i could have more space. I went through the installation and tried to put Fedora onto the second hard drive (SATA) and i put grub onto that as well.
The install was sweet and i partitioned my linux (sata) hd into / and /usr partitions. The problem arose however as when i finished installing and everything seemed great. I rebooted and grub didnt actually get installed at all. I set it to be put on the Fist Sector of boot partition, I enforced LBA32, but I didnt specify general kernel parameters. Does anything need to be put here? I thought maybe it had something to do with me having my windows hd (Ultra ATA ide drive) as my mbr, and it being booted up from the bios, but my linux drive (sata) was were i put my boot loader and i cant specify in my bios to boot from the sata drive. Would this be my problem or is it kernel parameters that i need?
When i start my computer windows xp just boots up without any sign of grub. When i put the fc3 cd in and tried to upgrade the bootloader (as it detected that there wasnt one installed) i tried to set it up and install it again but it keeps saying that the kernel wasnt updated or something (i cant remember)
Can anyone help me out with any of this? Sorry if the answer is obvious but as much as i try to read about the kernel stuff, it all goes over my head.
Thanks
Seb
ps - it never gives me the choice to make a boot floppy, but everywhere i read says it should give me that option at the end.
 
Old 04-26-2005, 10:51 PM   #2
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My guess would be that you needed to install GRUB onto your Win XP drive. Since GRUB can boot into either Windows or Linux, you would simply specify different devices for each one. I understand that you may have reservations about touching your Windows installation at all, but clearly the BIOS is booting off of the Ultra ATA drive instead of the SATA drive.
 
Old 04-27-2005, 06:51 PM   #3
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yes previous to this installation, i tried installing with grub on my windows drive but i then couldnt boot into windows xp at all. I ended up formatting my windows drive and starting everything from scratch. I read up on installing dual booting and they all said not to install grub on the mbr as this will lead to problems with dual booting, instead to put grub on the first boot sector of the linux drive. This is what im trying to do but now it wont install grub at all. I also tried to find if i could set the bios to boot up off my sata drive but am unsure whether this was possible as i couldnt find any option for this...
Can anyone suggest anything?
 
Old 02-03-2007, 04:41 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sabo
yes previous to this installation, i tried installing with grub on my windows drive but i then couldnt boot into windows xp at all. I ended up formatting my windows drive and starting everything from scratch. I read up on installing dual booting and they all said not to install grub on the mbr as this will lead to problems with dual booting, instead to put grub on the first boot sector of the linux drive. This is what im trying to do but now it wont install grub at all. I also tried to find if i could set the bios to boot up off my sata drive but am unsure whether this was possible as i couldnt find any option for this...
Can anyone suggest anything?

Have you tried installing Grub onto a Floppy? that worked for me. Or you can partition the PATA Hdd. Create to partitions, and then install WindowsXp first on one partition and then boot the computer from you bootable linux cd/dvd and then install linux, on the second partition. This way Grub will boot first, and you will have an option to choose which operating system you would like to boot, either windows or linux. Linux will be the default operating system that you boot. Now for you Sata Hdd you can try installing linux onto the SATA if it works, and install the grub onto the PATA hdd, or i think you'd have to copy, or mirror it. Or you can just use the SATA hdd for storage. Anyhow, when/if you partition the PATA hdd, keep in mind that if you enable NTFS when you format the partition that you assigned for windows, you will now be able to write onto the windows partition from linux. But if you format the partition that you assign for linux as FAT32 you will have read/write access to it from Linux. Just a heads up.

It's just a suggestion, see what you can work out. If instructions unclear ask, will try to help if possible.

Good luck.
 
Old 02-03-2007, 05:04 PM   #5
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Sorry, i missed your sentence on the not having an option to install grub onto a floppy.
But as i was thinking, does your motherboard support sata controller in linux? I think some Asus motherboards don't support sata controller on linux. That might be it why it won't boot from the SATA, even though you installed linux, and grub. But this is just an idea, it happens sometimes.
 
  


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