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Old 01-13-2005, 05:25 PM   #1
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Hey Folks im real new hear and my last experince with linux was rather negative so I want to get information from another human being rather than an html file.


How EXACTLY do i install GRUB from a WinXP operating system. I need step by step instructions because the grub-install doesnt seem to like me in the Fedora Core 3. I think I probably need all the files to so if u could tell me which ones to download from the GRUB website that would be awsome (whats the diffrence between GRUB legacy and GRUB 2?)


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Old 01-13-2005, 06:20 PM   #2
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I don't think you can install grub from Windows. What are the errors you get when you try and install grub with Fedora Core. During the installation you need to install grub to the master Boot Record (MBR). If you can boot into Fedora Core and your master hard drive is /dev/hda the as root, do
#grub-install /dev/hda
A list of detected drives will be shown and grub will will install to the MBR. to boot windows make sure you have an entry called "DOS" or "Windows" in /boot/grub.conf or /boot/grub/menu.lst.
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Here's a suggestion, but it's assuming that you created a boot disk upon installation of your fedora.

1. boot you fedora using boot disk.
2. login as root.
3. type int grub-install /dev/(the partition of your fedora)
4. then reboot. it will install grub bootloader
Old 01-15-2005, 05:13 AM   #4
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Even if you don't have a boot floppy, you can use your Fedora rescue cd or your first installation disk by doing,

boot: linux rescue
chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install /dev/hda
Old 01-15-2005, 12:17 PM   #5
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Problem is that fedora core 3 didn't install GRUB correctly when i last used grub-install nor when i did the main installation of fedora. Fedora is on hdb1 so maybe thats my problem.

O and the problem with grub is that after installing when i boot the Computer I see the DELL screen (i think that is BIOS) then i see GRUB and thats all it does for the next millennia or two.

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Old 01-16-2005, 08:04 AM   #6
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assuming you can do some typing at the word grub on your screen are at the grub command centre.

you now type
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
with ENTER presses AT each should be booted into windows and so you know what to have in your linux file /boot/grub/menu.lst when we boot into that.

now reboot back to that nasty grub and see my troubleshooter here

we now get into linux thru a bit of detective work
find /etc/fstab
response will be something like (hd1,4) or (hd1,X) where X is 0,1,2,...etc

eg if (hd1,4)
New command is
root (hd1,4)
cat /etc/fstab

will output your file system table and we are looking for one or two entries

/dev/hdb1 /boot ext3 and other junk
/dev/hdb5 / ext3 and other junk

BUT you may have the /boot folder as a sub-folder of / so you will only find
/dev/hdb5 / ext3

See the tut for amending those names into grub speak /dev/hdbX = (hd1, (X minus 1) )

We now use that info to set the pathway to /boot partition/sub-folder
root (hd1,0)
kernel / AND PRESS THE TAB KEY to see what files are there
response should be a vmlinuz..........we also need to specify the / partttion so we then complete the command
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb5

You may also need an initial ram disk image so try
initrd / AND PRESS THE TAB key

if you get a file called initrd.img or something like that then to boot its
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb5
initrd /initrd.img


some distros want the kernel line and the initrd line as including /boot like this
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb5

well you get the drift
Old 01-16-2005, 08:06 AM   #7
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then last command is

once you are in amend your menu.lst file to save those commands, you will need root access to overwrite.


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