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Just installed RedHat 8.0 on a Compaq 2100 laptop (shame, shame, yes, I know). The com was already running Xp home, so I set up an ext3 partition with Partition Magic, and started the install setting Linux as my default OS. Now, when I boot, GRUB shows Linux and DOS as options. When I select DOS, I get an error message and then the BSOD. Are there any known incompatibilities?
None of the data on the NTFS partition is vital. I just don't want to have to wipe the drive. Also, I only have a win modem that I haven't been able to run in Linux (the only reason I keep Xp around). Would it just be easier to get a Linux compat. pcmcia modem?
RH9 should work just fine with XP. The problem may be that GRUB isn't able to chain-boot Windows. GRUB can't boot Windows itself, so if you put GRUB on the MBR then you won't be able to load Windows. You'll have to reload Windows so the MBR is redone to do Windows and reinstall and put the boot loader on the first sector of your boot partition. You will then have to use a boot floppy to load Linux unless you use a 3rd party boot loader like Partition Magic's to load both of them.
I had the same problem before. You mentioned you used Partition Magic, I believe that Partition Magic moved the files (boot.ini, ntldr and ntdetect.com) required to boot
WindowsXP from the C:\ to a subdirectory.
- First thing you need to do is to make a Linux Boot Disk. If you didn't make one during the installation of Linux, use the mkbootdisk command ( mkbootdisk <kernel_version> ) or use the GUI.
- Then use the WindowsXP CD, there is an option that Repairs WindowsXP Installation. It will rebuild the MBR with the WindowsXP bootloader.
- Once that is done, boot into WindowsXP. Make sure that the boot files (boot.ini, ntldr and ntdetect.com) are in the C:\. If there are not, use the Find to look for them.
- Use the Linux Boot Disk and boot back into Linux, use grub-install ( grub-install /dev/hda ) to install GRUB back to the MBR.
Now everything should work. Unless I forgot something...
Note: the GRUB configuration file's location is /boot/grub/grub.conf
P.S. I never liked Partition Magic, System Commander and other similar bootloaders/partitioning softwares. They take to much control over the booting process.
i think your problem may have been creating the ext3 partition in PartitionMagic (i used it too and have become pretty good with understanding it)
anyway, when u installed linux, did u use disk druid or automatic partititioning?
ps. if u get back into windows, erase your linux partitions and keep unallocated space (should be colored gray), that way redhat 9 can automatically partition and install grub with no hassle