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Old 10-23-2007, 08:02 AM   #1
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Fedora 7 Windows XP dual boot on a Dell Inspiron 5150

I tried to install Fedora 7 on a Dell Inspiron 5150. The Notebook has a 60GB disk. It allready had XP installed on it. It has two partitions [40][20]. Both usesd to be NTFS. When I installed Fedora, I deleted the 20GB partition and created a 16GB and 4GB partition. I did not know what the mount point for the 4GB partition should be, so I selected /usr. I was actually trying to create the swap partition, after receiving the warning that I had no swap partition. The istallation whent through fine. BUT When I rebooted, I got no boot menu, although I selected to have the GRUB menu. The machine just booted straight into XP. What do I need to do to get the boot menu. I did try the install twice, once with Windows as default and once with Fedora as default. On the GRUB screen in the install, I did edit the 'Other' option to say WindowsXP. My second question is: How do I create the 'swap' partition and what should its mount point be?

Old 10-23-2007, 08:34 AM   #2
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I would suggest re-installing Fedora7 to the 20-GB partition. Let the installation process delete the existing Linux partitions and use the default partitioning setup, this will create the partitions for you including the missing swap partition. This should also take care of the dual-boot issue, if not then boot into rescue mode with the installation media. Answer a few questions and folow the instructions about using chroot. When ready type something like;

/sbin/grub-install --recheck /dev/sda

The swap partition is the swap partition, this is a 'special' partition with it's own choice when manually setting up partitions.


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