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Old 10-24-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Where does the boot loader get installed in Fedora 9

In previous versions of Fedora you got asked, during installation, where you wanted to install the boot loader, either on the /boot partition of the Fedora layout or in the MBR.

I have a dual boot setup, where I can boot into either Linux or Windows. So, to keep from messing with Windows, I didn't/don't install GRUB in the MBR. I used to install the boot loader on the /boot partition.

But with Fedora 9 it seems to give you no choice. Does anybody know where the bootloader gets installed?

Thank you,

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Normally I'd expect that if an install doesn't give an option the MBR will get over-written.
As I've said before, some developers need to get out and see the real world. Been a while since I installed Fedora 9 here, but seems you have no option. Initially I didn't install grub with it and didn't get a kernel at all !!!.
How stupid is that ...

I re-installed it, then used its grub to install itself to the root partition, then fixed the MBR to use my normal (Linux) "driver" distro. You might have to do similar.
Of course you could save yourself all the grief, and just use grub to boot Windoze as well. Works well - Vista included.
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the fedora 9 installer DOSE indeed have the option to install in the boot partition.That is where I installed grub
/dev/sda1 -- windows xp nt bootloader
/dev/dsb3 /boot -- grub

also the /boot partition can not be a LVM
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Because there must always be boot code in the MBR (unless booting from floppy, CD, or ext HD), the installer will typically default to putting GRUB (or LILO) in the MBR of the first disk. The installers also are pretty good about detecting the Windows installation and setting up the boot menu. some even detect all of the installed OSes.

But I think most installers give you some kind of choice--if not, they certainly should.


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