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I have completed a successful instal of Mandrake 9.2 on my PC as a second OS along with XP home. XP is loaded on the master HD on the primary IDE and Mandrake is loaded on the first partition of the slave HD on the primary IDE (root is in hdb5 in my case).
I installed GRUB as my bootloader and loaded it into hdb5 as part of the install. Apparently, the install also loaded LILO into my MBR and when I rebooted, I got a screen full of 07 07 07 ... I used the rescue mode on the install disc to reload my windows boot loader. At that point, windows booted fine but no way to get to linux.
The next thing I tried was booting back into the rescue mode and going to the console window. There, I did the following:
dd if=/dev/hdb5 of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt
cp bootsect.lnx /mnt
My floppy now had the bootsect.lnx file (512 bytes) on it and I was able to reboot into windows and copy the file to my c:\ directory. I then modified my boot.ini file with the line
c:\bootsect.lnx="Mandrake 9.2 Linux"
I saved that, rebooted the machine and the windows boot loader gives me the option of XP or Mandrake. The problem is, when I choose Mandrake, the screen goes blank (with the exception of a blinking cursor in the upper left corner) and nothing happens after that.
Any ideas as to what may be wrong and how I go about fixing it?
I finally got it figured out. The problem was in my BIOS. The setting for my second device on the primary IDE (the drive where my linux install resides) was "none". I changed it to "auto" and now have access to linux.