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Old 05-20-2010, 07:14 PM   #16
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Fedora boots fine as long as I'm in LBA mode. Basically, if I want to load Fedora, I go into my BIOS, set my harddrive to LBA, then select Fedora from the GRUB menu. If I want Windows to load, I go into my BIOS, set my harddrive to Auto (not LBA) then manually type the commands from GRUB to load Windows
Old 05-20-2010, 10:39 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Richter12x2 View Post
I installed Fedora 11 today, because I'm really looking to replace Windows. I've been running a Fedora 11 webserver at home for over a year, but this is Linux, which means that I spent about 8 hours on it over a year ago, and then only logged in once or twice since. :P

So after the install, I booted to a GRUB prompt and no menu. After searching around, I changed my BIOS settings to Large for the hard drive, and got the GRUB menu to load, and now I'm posting this from within Fedora 11, and after some good healthy exercises with the soundcard, xvid drivers, and a few other things, it's great.

When I load XP from Grub, I just get a flashing underscore and no progress.

XP is installed in the first partition, and has been there for a few months.

Here's my grub.conf:

title Fedora
        root (hd0,5)
        kernel /vmlinuz- ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_joshlin-lv_root rhgb quiet
        initrd /initrd-
title Windows XP
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
I still need it for things like Quicken and Photoshop. Thanks in advance!

If you have the hidden menu line in grub, then I guess you shouldn't see a menu; it should boot to default after the timeout. Try commenting out the hiddenmenu and see what difference it makes.
Old 05-20-2010, 11:20 PM   #18
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Disk /dev/sda: 750.1 GB, 750155292160 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1453518 cylinders
Hmmm - that is not a LBA geometry. I have never known grub to get the geometry wrong.
As this is a new install, I'd set the BIOS to LBA and re-install Fedora from scratch.


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