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I have just added a linux install to my PC but am not sure hot to tell boot.ini to give me an option for dual boot.
Linux boot partition set up on same disk as Windows boots from. Some other partitions are set up on another disk. I set the RedHat option to dual boot with the grub loader but when I boot up, windows just comes straight up.
Not sure where I installed grub - just went through the graphical install screens. When it was time to set grub, the two O/S were listed and I ticked Windows to be default. I cannot recall being asked for a location to install grub.
I have 1 x IDE HDD and 2 x SATA II drives. Windows is on first sata drive - I thought that was where I put /boot but just checked - /boot partition is on disk 0 which is my IDE drive.
I think I'll get more practice and reinstall linux again - this time with /boot on same drive as WinXP is booting from.
Is there more to consider than just installing and going through the wizard?? I have read a few things regarding the boot.ini and the MBR needing adjusting. Is this a must or can I add Linux to my PC without editing these crucial files??
Default install sends grub to mbr. In that case, no editing is required. Windows does grumble about it occasionally, but that's not a big deal. Advanced bootloader options lets you pick MBR or /boot for grub.
If you like, you can try booting into rescue mode with your linux cd. chroot to /mnt/sysimage, then run grub-install /dev/hda (depends on your bios boot order here)
Speaking of bios boot orders - check your bios setup. Which disk are you booting from? (May be different from which disk your Win is on)
When you turn on the computer, enter the bios setup. Look for an option that lets you choose which hard disk you're checking first, for bootable partitions. Make sure it's the hd with the dualboot setup installed. I suspect grub installed to the MBR of your first sata drive, but bios is using another hd's MBR to boot.
I changed the order of hard drives in the BIOS as suggested and hey presto!
On a related issue, the grub option only appears for 2 seconds (or so it seems). Where is the setting to increase the time before default OS is loaded?
Also, (sorry for the laziness of not posting new threads)
creating a boot floppy....
1. Is a rescue floppy the same as a boot floppy in terms of what is on the disk? ie. Does rescue floppy include things that a regular bootable linux floppy does not? - I just want to clarify if the term 'rescue disk' is simply a boot floppy - or a bit more than that.
2. I have read that I can create a boot disk from the first RedHat CD by copying the bootdisk.img file to a floppy. This is not present on the CD and all the image files are greater than 1.4mb. Is RedHat moving away from creating a bootable floppy?? I want to practice booting from a floppy - with network support if possible so I can install Linux from an nfs server. Something I have done from installation CD successfully
How can I create the floppy?? There is a vmlinuz file but I don't know if this creates a boot disk.
Again, thanks for helping with grub.
Oh, and as for Microsoft site pointing to an uninstall... How rude! I would have thought a company as big as that would have some maturity! Personal message to Bill Gates - get over it! embrace linux, it is your friend!