Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I'm new to Linux and I read that Fedora would be a good distro to start with. I just build a new system (ASUS mobo, 1 gig ram, (2) 250 HD, AMD Athlon Fx-55). I installed XP Pro x-64 on my first hard drive and I tried installing Fedora core 5 on the second, but I get an error message after I reboot saying Loading Grub 1.5, then it says Error 17. I thought I installed the grub on the MBR of hda.
I should tell you that I have tried installing Suse 10.1 before I tried using Fedora. I had to abandon Suse because of Hardware compatiblity issues.
My menu.lst reads like this:
title Fedora Core (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 ro root=/de/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet
initrd / initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img
my understanding is that windows is in hdb (hd1,0) and FC5 is in hda (hd0,0). since the first HDD gets the #0 and second gets #1. "rootnoverify" is needed because windows likes to be in charge and it is a way for it to think that it is the only system loaded.
the "0" in (hd1,0) is because the HDD is not partitioned and i undestand each OS has its own drive.
BIG EDIT: i miss read the original post. since FC5 is the second HDD it should be the otherway round, swap the (hd0,0) and (hd1,0); where FC5 gets (hd1,0). SORRY!!
I'm not sure to which disk's MBR you installed grub, but your configuration seems ok to me (XP on (hd0,0) which is hda and Linux on (hd1,0) which is hdb).
I installed XP Pro x-64 on my first hard drive and I tried installing Fedora core 5 on the second
The bootloader should reside on the first (master) harddisk's MBR, and both harddisks should be in the primary IDE cable (well if you use IDE..) to avoid problems. You don't necessarily need to use grub if you don't want to, since the Windows' bootloader can load your Linux too. What you would do in this case is
1) create an "image" of your boot partition of Linux using dd
2) put that image file somewhere in your Windows, like c:\Windows\
3) edit your windows' bootloader config and add the image path there
4) open XP's recovery console and run fixmbr
That way the Windows bootloader gets back and if you set up the dd-created file correctly, you can choose Linux from the Windows bootup menu. Just an alternative, if grub gets dirty..
I am having a similar problem:
At bootup I get a GRUB error 17. I just installed FC6 on a drive. System had a windows drive to start with. I stated in the installation that I wanted to install grub in the MBR. I thought that I screwed up the installation, so I re-installed to no avail. (Just made the same mistake??) I hope the following is enough info (excuse the abridged vesions, not sure how to copy the info to a thumb drive using the rescue disk, but thats another issue for a different day ).
Device Boot .......... System
Disk /dev/hdd: 60.0 GB
/dev/hdd1 * NTFS
Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB
/dev/sda1 * Linux
/dev/sda2 Linux LVM
Disk /dev/sdb: 82.3 GB
/dev/sdb1 * Linux LVM
Windows was installed before the attempted Fedora install. I did not change anything in the bios as I have never needed to before, and I have actually had dual boot working a great while ago, so I didnt think it was necessary. However, I have changed around just about every number I could find in GRUB to get it to work. So as of right now I don't really have a clue. I have attempted almost every fix I have found on this and other forums, an still no joy.
i think you are at least making it to the GRUB menu right?
if so try this:
i few days ago i noticed a behavior by GRUB that i still dont understand. for some reason GRUB likes to be the first HDD, not only in boot sequence but also on the motherboard. i would think this only applies to SATA drives (what we both have) if the Linux drive is set as first in the boot sequence in CMOS set up but it is still PHYSICALY the second drive on the motherboard it will get lost and not be able to mount ROOT. after switching the cables so the Linux drive was the first one on the MOBO and adjusted CMOS my Linux drive booted. i still have not found an explanation, but it worked. you should not have to do anything to the entry for Windows in Menu.lst (i think in fedora is "grub.conf")
Well I think I found out what the problem is, although I think there is no solution to it. hdd1 is dead. I took it out to verify the integrity of the limited amount of info I still had on it because knoppix kept giving me errors when I tried to access it. In the external enclosure I can now hear the death throws of a hard drive. So thanks to all who tried to help. Now I have to figure out how to change the platters with a new hard drive so I can salvage the info ()