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Old 09-14-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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fc2, duel boot, mbr, and other stuff


Hey there,

I'm interested in using an empty partition on my FC2 laptop to load a version of windows. I've heard that loading linux first then windows is not very wise but I really don't want to reconfigure my fc2 box if I don't have to.

My train of thought on accomplishing a win2k/xp install on a linux running box and being able to duel boot is this:

1.) I'd have to create a fat32 partition with the empty partition so that windows has a set partition to work with (it doesn't detect ext2/3 so it would prob. overwrite my working linux partition w/o this step.

2.) Install windows to that partition

3.) Now grub that was on the mbr has been overwritten by the windows bootloader. A question here would be if there is any kernel specific items that grub keeps in the mbr that I would need to recreate. Or can I just boot from CD with a custom grub disc and use that to select my windows/linux boot? Or should I install some other boot manager? does the overwrite of grub permanently fsck up the ability to load from linux?

Does anyone have any experience with a setup like this?

Thanks ahead of time.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 05:38 PM   #2
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I've done this many of times and it is simple to reinstall the grub. Boot from the 1st install CD and boot rescue mode. Then enter the commands:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install
 
Old 09-14-2004, 06:01 PM   #3
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I've done this many of times and it is simple to reinstall the grub. Boot from the 1st install CD and boot rescue mode. Then enter the commands:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install
What about for custom kernels? will that make a difference?
 
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Nope.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:53 PM   #5
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As cfdisk is not availible on fedora core 2, what utility would you use to create the initial fat32 partition? Do you think that parted is safe to use for this purpose? Andy why is cfdisk not availible anyways?
 
  


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