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Old 08-18-2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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dual boot screwed up by Vista beta


I had a system set up to dual boot WinXP and Fedora as per the instructions that can be found here (install bootloader on root partition, add bootsect.lnx to boot.ini). All was well, until I installed the Vista beta, which apparently uses a new bootloader to boot. Not sure what to do at this point. I thought all that would happen is I would boot with another option on the NT bootloader, but since Vista uses a new one, that wasn't the case, and for a while it wasn't booting anything else. I had to clear the partition it was installed on, run fixmbr and fixboot to get the bootloader to see the XP install, and now that boots fine (I'm writing this from the XP install).

Now the real problem is that I can't get Linux to boot, even after retracing the steps I took when I first installed it. I used the dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/mnt/floppy/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1 to get the boot sector onto a floppy which I then copied into the C:\ drive and properly adjusted the boot.ini file again, and what I get when I select Linux is "GRUB_"

It seems it's showing the bootloader but the bootloader doesn't know what to do. I then tried updating the bootloader with the Fedora CD's, and after that I redid the whole dd if= deal again to use what should be the updated bootloader. Still the same GRUB_ line, and it does nothing and responds only to me hitting the power button.

I've gone through everything I can think of, anybody else have any ideas?

Other information that might be relevant: Fedora is installed on one sata drive, and windows is installed on another. I have a large ide drive I use for storage that got named C:\ by default, so the Windows bootloader is on there. It shouldn't matter, and it didn't in the past, but who knows now.

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Old 08-18-2005, 08:34 PM   #2
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"I had a system set up to dual boot WinXP and Fedora as per the instructions that can be found here (install bootloader on root partition, add bootsect.lnx to boot.ini). All was well, until I installed the Vista beta, which apparently uses a new bootloader to boot."

Since you are running Windows Vista beta you obviously have access to the heightened support that Microsoft should be extending to the beta testers. You should get Microsoft to fix the problem keeping in mind Microsoft's new policy of playing nice with the other operating systems that a customer has installed.

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