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Old 02-13-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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WinXP and FC4 multiboot


Hi guys, I read quite some articles but did not find a proper answer yet so I hope one of you guys can help me out.

First config specs:
2x WD 36,4 Raptor SATA in striped mode on SIL3112A on board controller, mainboard ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe. In this RAID0 array windows xp is installed and running fine, I do not want to install linux there.

My other drive is a "good old PATA" hard drive, an Hitachi 400Gb, on which I created two PRIMARY Partitions with PQMAGIC, 1st one is 200Mb formatted as EXT3 and mounted as /boot and 2nd one is EXT3 formatted 20Gb and mounted as / (root). Rest is extended, one formatted as NTFS, the other is FAT16 and one SWAP partiton. The NTFS partiton is left untouched, was not so stupid to mount it during install, the FAT16 is mounted as /win

As said the WinXP is booting fine but no way I can get FC4 started with System Commander 8.13. SC detects the bootable partition though but accessing it displays either the message shown below or just:

1
GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB etc.

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An error occured accessing the disk
Use Abort to issue warm boot

Description: general error occured
Access type: hard disk read

Disk error number: 01H Internal tag: 202
Drive E Head1 Sector34 Cylinder 0
Logical Sector 96


Also during install I did not initialise the RAID partition, so I did not ERASE the array since WinXP was already running there and besides Linux has nothing to look for on that array. However during install I did an advanced config of GRUB bootloader and used the following settings:

/dev/hda2 /boot EXT3
/dev/hda3 / EXT3
/dev/hda7 /swap


I must have overlooked something simple but I have been struggling quite some weeks now since initially System Commander 8.13 did not work on this onboard RAID controller but with the latest update it does install, now I need to get linux to work in a multiboot environment. Ow besides I tried with a FastTrak SATA (TX2) controller and same result !

Who can help me please?
Cheers!
 
Old 02-14-2006, 01:31 AM   #2
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found some interesting info at V-COM: " Currently we recommend installing GRUB into the MBR, as our tests show it can only use the superblock method when booting from a Linux/GRUB boot diskette ", maybe I should consider LILO, then again how can I install LILO, should I leave the option BootManager blank during install and can I install LILO from disk afterwards?
 
Old 02-27-2006, 01:40 AM   #3
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yip LILO did the trick, installed other distro which has both GRUB and Lilo included and installing LILO on /dev/hda1 worked
 
  


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