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Old 09-19-2004, 02:50 AM   #1
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Removing GRUB-LINUX? HELP!..


I just recently load REDHAT LINUX v3 on my Windows XP platform, Now i wan't to used another version from novell SUSE? so how do i removed the GRUB MBR of REDHAT?

I have 2 HDD one for each OS, when i remove the LINUX HDD, my system wo'nt boot? i got a "GRUB HARDISK ERROR"

I tried some suggestion from other fourm but i am not successful, the XP Os that i have was upgraded to the new patch from the WEB, so XP won't allow me to rebuild using the CD that is older version of XP.

What is the best way so that i can load the NOVELL SUSE 9.1 Personal?
I am newbie to LINUX.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 02:54 AM   #2
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hi
boot from a win98 cd
at the command prompt
#fdisk /mbr
will remove grub and rewrite the windows MBR to it


or boot from a winxp/200 cd in to recovery console
and use "fixmbr"

regards
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Old 09-19-2004, 03:05 AM   #3
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hi,
if you want to install a different Linux distro (SUSE) you do not have to remove the old Grub installation from the MBR. The new distro's bootloader will automatically overwrite the MBR. Run the installation of the new distro and make sure that the bootloader will be installed at the MBR.
if you want to keep only the winxp then follow masand's instructions to fix your MBR.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 09:49 AM   #4
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But when i load the SUSE i do'nt see my second hardrive where i load my previous REDHAT LINUX?It Immediately goes to my XP hardrive?
So how can resolve this?

Last edited by fiber32; 09-19-2004 at 11:39 AM.
 
Old 09-20-2004, 05:42 AM   #5
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hi

can u please elaborate ur above post again

regard
 
Old 09-20-2004, 09:31 AM   #6
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Massand,

I have a system with 2 hardrive loaded with windowsXP Pro, then i decided to load Redhat linux WS V.3 on the other Hardrive (2nd), since i'm new with LINUX i was not aware that I have an old version which i got it from a friend?V3 to comapred 9.1 now??? the version 3 was loaded succesfully which also provide me a dual boot that allow me to choose. My problem with the V3 it was not able to detect some of my hardware e.g. wireless PCI, mouse. I tried to patch in redhat but unsuccessful.

now i decided to use NOVELL SUSE personal 9.1 which is free and updated. I tried to install the SUSE 9.1 but it was not able to detect the 2nd drive. I was hoping that it will overwrite the REDHAT.

I tried to remove the 2nd hardrive (REDHAT) then my system stop working wihich is looking for the GRUB so i put it back.

My problem is how to remove the REDHAT Boot loader which uses GRUB from my WindowsXP drive.

I tried Fdisk/mbr , Loading windows XP rescue and not successful. I even went to the Boot.ini of windows hoping i can find the script. There is an instructions in Microsoft but it was using LILO command which is not recognized? So i can't use that one either.

Probally my last resort was to format the 2 hardirve then reload again the XP (that would be pain). then load SUSE 9.1.

So can you help me removing the GRUB? not resorting to format???



THX
 
Old 09-20-2004, 10:30 AM   #7
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hi there

do one thing

first use only one hdd and load from a win98 cdrom and use

fdisk /mbr

and then

repeat the same for second hard disk(do this individually for each disk)

regards
 
Old 09-21-2004, 07:59 AM   #8
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Masand,

Thanks for the Help, It did fix (REMOVE) the GRUB, when I dowdload a MSDOS 6.22 version from the WEB.
Here the step i did where it might help others.
1. Use DOS and load it in floppy ( mine was DOS 6.22)-- no need to remove any hardrive..
2. then BOOT on the Floppy: issue command : fdisk/mbr
- no need to worry that the XP will be deleted.
3. For reformatting on my other HDd i used partitionMagic.

thanks again...
----------------------
Now my next step is to load SUSE...seems more complicated than redhat..
 
Old 09-21-2004, 08:06 AM   #9
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hi there

what i think is that it is doing the same thing..

why i told u to remove the hdd,since u told me that it is not able to remove grub after u go for fdisk /mbr

so to make sure that if the grub bootloader was on another machine,to remove that ,i told u to do it one by one on each hdd,

so that is confirmned that the grub if on any has been removed

regards
 
  


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