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Old 02-23-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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WinXP Fedora 8 Dual boot problem - XP booting - Don't see Grub loader


I just recently wiped my working XP - Fedora6 Dual boot setup to install XP and Fedora8 dual boot. I tried an upgrade from Fed6 to Fed8 but the system stopped during dependancy check.

I installed WinXP on first partion. Got it working.

I then installed Fed8 on second partion with Grub not being in the MBR.

I believe I also put SWAP on a 1gb partion after Fed8.

I had this problem before but in the reverse position. Fed6 was booting and no option for WinXP. I would've been able to solve that problem with the help you guys gave before but now I have no way to get into Grub to change the configuration.

How do I check to see if everything was installed correctly and check the grub was configured correctly?
 
Old 02-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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To get Fedora boots again Task B6 in my last link refers.

Once you get Fedora operational check out Task C1 and use the same commands in /boot/grub/grub.conf.
 
Old 02-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #3
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Very well said saikee. Your information helped me out completely.

I did comment out "hiddenmenu" I was told this hides the menu where you choose between your OS.

I also changed "timeout" value from "5" to "120". If I'm rebooting one computer I'm usually not paying attention to it, so in the 5 seconds its asking you to choose which OS you want I'm doing other things and miss out on the option. I figure 2 mins is a long enough time frame to stop that from happening.

Also for some reason before I tried your solution my computer would take FOREVER to boot up. Now it boots up super fast! I'm not sure what changed that but everything is working as it should be. Thanks
 
Old 02-23-2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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I don't think that you have to check anything.I would reinstall Fedora but with GRUB on the MBR(this is the option Fedora installer gives you).Also be shore that you have swap partition.
It looks like things are working for you now,but keep this post in mind if something goes wrong.Good luck!

Last edited by alan_ri; 02-23-2008 at 12:09 PM. Reason: didn't saw the post
 
Old 02-24-2008, 02:02 PM   #5
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What exactly is the swap partition for?
 
Old 02-24-2008, 02:11 PM   #6
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It is a scratch area or temporary storage. With it Linux doesn't need to defrag its partitions like a MS Windows does.
 
Old 02-27-2008, 10:45 PM   #7
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Whats a good size swap partition to have? I think I left 1gb ... too much?
 
Old 02-28-2008, 11:09 AM   #8
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There's a un-written rule that is the size of your RAM x 1.5,
e.g. 1GB - 1.5GB Swap
However, a number of people may recommend that 4GB use a max of 2.5GB Swap

Oh & in Windows it's called Virtual memory & is a file
 
  


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