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Old 03-07-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
Azazwa
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Have Fedora Core 8 and XP. Don't have option to boot into XP.


Hi!

I have looked at some of the similar posts on this forum, but it doesn't seem to quite fit my case.

I had a small partition on my computer for XP. I then loaded SuSE, and everything worked fine. I could boot into XP and SuSE. Then, I decided to try Fedora instead of SuSE, so I formatted the SuSE partition from out XP. I read somewhere that I might have trouble to boot into XP after I do this, but it seemed that it could be cured with an XP or Linux installation CD. Well, I did have trouble to boot into XP. I think it moaned about a grub loader or something. Perhaps I misunderstood what I read, but I loaded Fedora and sort of hoped it would cure my problems. Hm, not very smart I know... Anycase, now it boots fine into Fedora, but I don't have the option to boot into XP at all. The XP partition is still there though. I do not have a floppy/stiffy drive on this computer. I have read something about a boot disk that I could (should) have used for XP. Could this work with a CD?

Is there an easy way to cure this from the Fedora side? I also don't know what the administrator's password is for XP, but I can log in as root on Fedora. I have a live GParted CD. I have the XP and Fedora installation CD/DVD.

However, I am very new to Linux (and rather clueless about computers in general), so please don't assume that I know the basics. I don't!

:-)
 
Old 03-07-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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We can try .
Ask for a terminal give the command Fdisk -l (L lower case)and post the outcome
Second post the contents the menu.lst see boot/grub/menu.lst
 
Old 03-07-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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Okay, I will do that, but I'm not at that computer (with Fedora and XP on) now. I will post the outcome as soon as I can on Monday 9 March. I don't want to keep you waiting. I'm in South Africa, so the time difference shouldn't be a big hassle. It's luckily not the case where you eat supper when I wake up... :-)
 
Old 03-09-2009, 03:50 AM   #4
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Hi! This is the output from fdisk -l :

********************************************************************************
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe868f6fc

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 6375 6399 200812+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 6400 60801 436984065 8e Linux LVM

Disk /dev/dm-0: 445.3 GB, 445334421504 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 54142 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-1: 2080 MB, 2080374784 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 252 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x30307800

Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn't contain a valid partition table
*********************************************************************************

This is what I got in the /boot/grub/menu.lst :

*********************************************************************************
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/sda
default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,1)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Fedora (2.6.23.1-42.fc8)
root (hd0,1)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.23.1-42.fc8 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.23.1-42.fc8.img
title Other
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
~
~
"/boot/grub/menu.lst" 20L, 658C
*********************************************************************************
 
Old 03-09-2009, 05:27 AM   #5
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Hi Azazwa,
During boot you should see a message about pressing ESC to see the menu. Looking at your grub.conf, you only have 5 seconds for that.

When the grub menu comes up, it has 2 entries:
Code:
Fedora (2.6.23.1-42.fc8)
Other
Choose "other" for Windows XP

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