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I've searched these forums for the past 3 hours and I can't find a thread that helps my situation. Basically I had 2 separate computers (1 rh9 and 1 xppro) that, for crazy reasons, I decided to combine into one.
So...I have 1 HD with rh9 on it plugged into primary, master. I have 2 HD's with xppro on them plugged into IDE 1 and IDE 2 on the promise card. but here's the kicker...the 2nd xp HD is completely striped with half of the 1st xp HD. (NTFS, dynamic)
Currently, the only way I can choose OS is to set my boot sequence in BIOS. both OS's boot perfectly when I do this. but I would like to have an easier way to do it.
I've tried to add xp to grub...but whenever I select xp, it just comes right back to grub.
this is my grub.conf:
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
title Windows XP Pro
I've used (hd0,0) (0,1) (1,1) (1,0)
...or try cfdisk which is an easier to use utility
(or fdisk /dev/hdb)
I'd recommend you are VERY CAREFUL not to write any changes to disk that you are absolutely not sure of or you can trash everything in a hurry! I'd recommend that you print the parition table and keep it, as you can use it to try to rescue the disk if you do stuff up.
With fdisk this is
p [then cut/paste it to a document and save to a floppy disk or print out on paper]
d [same thing]
m gives you help
r returns you to the "main" menu
cfdisk also has a print option
Using these utilities you should be able to see the XP partition. Remember to subtract 1 from the partition number you see to get the number used by grub.
finally ran fdisk -l...it seems that had to type '/sbin/fdisk -l'...not really sure why. anyway...windows is recognized by linux as the 1st partition on the second HD. hd (1,0). I also know for a fact that windows will boot from floppy whenever I have my BIOS set to load linux. I just had to do a minor adjustment to boot.ini.
so...my question remains. why won't grub load winxp if I use the grub.conf from post#1? it's gotta be a silly little answer. I just know it.
at least I don't have to change the bios every time I wanna go from rh9 to xp!
Aliright...I wasn't able to mount root for HD1 and HD2. (unknown file system . partition type 0x42)
But...I was able to do a GEOMETRY for HD1 and HD2. and I verified that my windows boot partition is on HD (1,0).
I simply think GRUB can't read my windows HD's because they are dynamic disks.
So...my next step is to use NTLDR and add rh9 to my boot.ini. although I haven't had much luck with that either. I create a boot image on my floppy but whenever I try to boot from the floppy, it does not work.