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Okay first things first, I bought the book Red Hat Linux for Dummies and it came with RH9 and everything was doing just fabulous. Except for some reason my computer wont boot into Linux. I mean like, I hold down F8 (so i can access that start-up menu thing) and I goto the option Boot From Multiple OSes or something like that but only Windows XP shows up (i have it so i ought to be able to dual boot) The only way I can get Linux to boot is if i use the boot disk I made (during installation). This is becoming a problem because Red Hat has automatically updated my kernal and since I hafta boot from the disk, it keeps complaining about me "having a new kernal installed but i'm still running an old one and i should reboot". In the Dummies book I have it mentioned something about the Master Boot Record and sometimes Windows programs can delete this or something like that, making it impossible to boot to Linux without the aid of a boot disk (a la my problem). So basically mu question is what do i need to do to make my computer recognize Linux and make it so I can boot to it without having to use my out-dated bootdisk? plz im a n00b but i really want to learn Linux and i have been searching everywhere on how to remedy my problem. and this is, essentially my last hope. thanks in advance ^_^
it seems as though the only way i can re-install the boot loader is if i reinstall Linux... this won't be too bad i dont really have a whole lot of stuff on it anyways. but as for the guy who mentioned installing it on the MBR, wont that make it so i can't boot winxp? or is grub able to boot into winxp anyways? im really confused but i just wanted to see and experiment with Linux but im not willing to accidently kill my windows xp install. thanks for all your help guys ^^