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This was my first Mandrake 10 install on a HD containing XP. So I was going to use dual boot XP and Linux. After installing mandrake only XP boots ! I can see inside XP and "drive management" that there is 3 unknown partitions (5,73 GB and 494 Mb and 3,55 GB) so I assume Linux is installed on the same HD as XP (disk 0). The other disk is Disk 1
The first I did before innstalling was to use FDISK deleting a D-partision so I could use this for Linux. When installing Linux from CD I selected to use free space for innstall files. I remember I used Lilo with graphical enviroment and KDE as options. I got alternatives about the Lilo I think ? to install in /dev/hdc or in /hde /hde5 /hde9 /hde10 or in /fd0
I used default the /hdc ! Is this where the problem came ?
The disk0 shows in XP I have partitions c, e, f and g and 3 unknowns.
During install of Linux I recognized something with hde5 and 9 so maybe the linux partition are the hde5 9 and 10 ? fd0 is the floppy right ?
Am I able to fix this or maybe doing a new install ? Someone give me a hint for this ? I tried to boot with the Linux CD but no reapir menu !
When you boot the computer is there a menu of choices, such as Windows and Linux or does it just automatically load Windows? Did you make a boot floppy? When you boot from the Linux CD there should be a list of options accesses by several F keys.
Apparently you didn't install a bootloader. Did you make a boot disk? If so, what happens when you use it to boot Linux? Other members may not agree with me, but personally I would just install Linux again and this time make sure you install bootloader to the hard disk. I've installed Linux a zillion times using dual boot and have always had Linux/Windows options upon reboot.
You say there maybe no bootloader written, that seems OK
But I cant understand why, during install of mandrake 10 i followed the steps
carefully !!! I did not pick out partitions myself but used auto-install so that linux could
find avalable free space on HD
Originally posted by sverre
I used default the /hdc ! Is this where the problem came ?
More data is required to give you any sort of technical support with this issue.
1. Before you began this process, what partitions were on your hard drive? Name them, how big they were, what they were used for, what was on them?
2. What dod you do and which partitions did you do it to in order to create free space?
3. What partitions are currently on your hard drive? Stick a windows boot disk in, run fdisk, and tell us how many partitions you have, their names, and what you are doing with each of them.
From there, we can advise you accurately.
Without that information, or if you don't know, then put everything on the primary partition, delete all partitions other than the primary partition containing XP, and then run the Linux installer again. This time, choose to pick and size your partitions on your own.
Yes I have 2 disk, but the 2.nd disk is only for backup matters, cant see any changes there.
Have tried booting with and without this disk ! There are 4 windows partitions on the 2.nd disk....the first parttition is active. Should I try to install Linux without this disk ??
Like I said booting to XP on the 1.st disk is OK, I identify 3 linuxpartitions on this disk, do you think Linux install can have a bootloader on the 2.nd disk ??
Yes linux took the free space available from the D partition I deleted with fdisk !
So XP and Linux is on the 1 st drive or HD
The question if bios is set correct.....if I disable use of 2.nd HD on booting xp boots ok so I assume yes to that because linux also is on that HD
The only thing I wonder about is when using fdisk it shows an active partition on the 2.nd HD but only a "system" mark on C-partition on the 1.st HD. I've seen this before, but ignored it because of booting with 1.st HD while the 2.nd is disabled means there is a active partition C on the first HD.
But anyway I will try install linux once again while the 2.nd HD is disabled. I read in a post here that I can choose advanced install, delete the linux install partition (something about *drake) and install once more. I'll test that tomorrow after ending my job (working nights)
Really interesting this Linux, I dont give up, and thanks for all help
By the way, should I mark out all install options or leave it by default. I only have 10 Gb for the Linux available
And once more, like mentioned in first post "" I got alternatives about the Lilo I think ? to install in /dev/hdc or in /hde /hde5 /hde9 /hde10 or in /fd0 "
Is it correct to use alternative /dev/hdc ? I now that hde is where the Linux is, but when I have 2 HD should'nt it be hda and hdb or in this case hdd and hde ? Some problems for me to understand that !!