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Old 10-06-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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Fedora 5 install problems with dual boot configuration

I'm new to the forums and fedora, but not to Linux in general.

Here is the scenario that I need help with:
I've got a IBM ThinkCentre A50p that already has XP Professional installed and I want to add Fedora 5 to the system and have it setup to dual boot.

I downloaded the Distribution and burned it to DVD. Boooted the system into the install process and proceeded. Ran into some problems at first with the partitions, but got that all sorted out. I have two hard drives, hda and hdd. HDA has Windows XP on it with two partitions (one is NTFS which holds WINXP, and one is FAT32 for sharing files between Linux and Windows).

So, on to the problem, the install process runs fine with no problems and asks me where I want to install GRUB loader. I told it to install it on Master Boot Partition (HDA) and the install finished.

Upon first boot, it just went straight into windows xp, didn't prompt me for the dual boot options, and when I went into windows explorer to see what it had done to my second hard drive, there were no files on it and the only thing that had changed was that there was a 120MB partition that had been created. That's it.

What happened? Where are all the Fedora files? What did I do wrong with GRUB?

Please advise.
Any and all help much appreciated.
TB in Austin, TX
Old 10-06-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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try booting into rescue mode with the cd and reinstall grub.
linux rescue
grub-install /dev/hda
Old 10-06-2006, 12:36 PM   #3
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grub re-install

ok, tried that.
got into rescue mode and ran grub-install /dev/hda

received this message:
/sbin/grub: Not Found

what to do now?
Old 10-07-2006, 05:50 AM   #4
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Wow that's weird, I've never installed grub from rescue mode, but I have done it from floppy.
You can download a floppy image from the grub site, if nobody comes up with a better idea.

Just one thing to check first thou. By default grub uses "hidden menu" for the boot screen. And a lot of people are having problems because they are missing it. Watch the bios POST closely, after it finishes, it should say "grub loading stage 2" then you get a screen that says something like booting (whatever you set as default) in 5 secs, press any key to enter menu. Trouble is by the time you've read it, it's gone.
So if you selected XP as the default during installation, you may not have a problem at all.
Just be ready to press any key after POST.
If that's the case you can edit grub.conf to make it a bit more user friendly.


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