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Old 05-29-2005, 02:22 PM   #1
Mr. Mojo Risin
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Trouble booting Redhat Fedora 3


Pretty new to this Linux thing. I tried to install Fedora 3 and I can't get it to boot. I have Windows XP Pro installed on this machine as my main OS, but I want to dual boot Linux. I created 2 Linux partitions on another hard drive and installed Fedora there, but when I reboot, Windows loads. How do I load Fedora 3? Previously I had installed Redhat 9 and I could boot it fine with a boot diskette.

Anyway I can configure my boot.ini to give me a choice to boot either Windows XP or Fedora 3?

thanks
 
Old 05-29-2005, 02:31 PM   #2
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http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+NT-Loader.html is quite old, but you still do it the same way.

The main thing is to install Grub or LILO on one partition occupied by Linux and then use dd to write the beginning of it to file.

Have you made a boot disk in Fedora 3? You can also try with the installation cd and choose the rescue mode.
 
Old 05-29-2005, 02:54 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Mara
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+NT-Loader.html is quite old, but you still do it the same way.

The main thing is to install Grub or LILO on one partition occupied by Linux and then use dd to write the beginning of it to file.

Have you made a boot disk in Fedora 3? You can also try with the installation cd and choose the rescue mode.
boot disk? I didn't get an option to make a boot disk. I tried installing Fedora 3 three times and can't get it to load. When I reboot, it loads Windows. I don't get a grub menu. I chose Grub and chose to install on MBR of deva and then tried to install on the drive that has Linux and can't get it to work.....

I have tried rescue mode and it said it was remounting something....... I don't remember
 
Old 05-29-2005, 06:37 PM   #4
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I don't know what to do. I've installed it 4 times now, trying different things and it won't boot. I get Windows each time I reboot
 
Old 05-29-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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Install on the MBR

When you're installing LINUX, and it asks you how you want t o install your Bootloader, you should have the choice to configure advanced bootloader options. Choose that and hit next. There should then be the option to install the bootloader onto the MBR (Master Boot Record.) MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS IN YOUR OS SELECTION. It should come up as "other" on hda1 and linux should be on hdb1. Or something like that. Hda1 means your first partition on the first HDD on your controller and hdb1 means the first partition on your second HDD.

To wrap this up, Boot process goes like this, computer runs through the BIOS, then looks to the MBR for boot records, then goes to the first HDD for the boot record. With Linux bootloader on the MBR, it'll give you a choice of going to the Windows box on HDA1 or the Linux box on HDB1
 
Old 05-29-2005, 07:31 PM   #6
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When you're installing LINUX, and it asks you how you want t o install your Bootloader, you should have the choice to configure advanced bootloader options. Choose that and hit next. There should then be the option to install the bootloader onto the MBR (Master Boot Record.) MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS IN YOUR OS SELECTION. It should come up as "other" on hda1 and linux should be on hdb1. Or something like that. Hda1 means your first partition on the first HDD on your controller and hdb1 means the first partition on your second HDD.

To wrap this up, Boot process goes like this, computer runs through the BIOS, then looks to the MBR for boot records, then goes to the first HDD for the boot record. With Linux bootloader on the MBR, it'll give you a choice of going to the Windows box on HDA1 or the Linux box on HDB1

pretty sure I did that, but I'll try again... thanks
 
Old 06-01-2005, 09:57 AM   #7
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Let me know if how it goes

I had an issue similar...I had to run through the install twice before the bootloader took on the machine. Let me know if it works
 
  


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