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Old 05-21-2003, 10:40 AM   #1
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Dual boot issue. Preparing to reinstall my windoze side.


Disclaimer: The only reason I keep a windows partition on my laptop is that it is required for my school work (VB6). My custom badass RedHat 9 side is the default.

Once again that rock of jellobralter known as Windoze XP has gone unstable on me. I need to reinstall it, but I REALLY don't want to harm my RedHat 9 side, which I have worked very hard to get set up perfectly. My question is...

What should I back-up or do to prepare to reinstall, so that I can restore the bootloader (grub) and get my dual boot set up again?

 
Old 05-21-2003, 01:13 PM   #2
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Reinstalling windows should at worst only destroy the MBR providing you don't change/format any linux partitions. You can create a backup of the current mbr using dd thenwrite it back after the xp install. Or the method I would use is:
1) Create a boot floppy for RH9
2) Install XP
3) Boot using the boot floppy
4) Login as root
5) Run "grub-install /dev/hda" (assuming you want to put grub on the mbr of hda)
 
Old 05-21-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. My only problem now is that my laptop lacks a floppy drive. Will RH 9 let me make a boot cd? If so how?
 
Old 05-21-2003, 03:07 PM   #4
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You could boot into linux rescue mode using CD1. Type "linux rescue" at the prompt.

Then you can run grub-install from there.
 
Old 05-21-2003, 04:05 PM   #5
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Thanks. That will do the trick. :-)
 
Old 05-22-2003, 09:21 AM   #6
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Still stuck with VB6?.I stoped using the stupid darn thing long time ago.Anyway Pcghost and david yours is one of the coolest sigs I've seen in this forum.

Last edited by rch; 05-22-2003 at 09:23 AM.
 
Old 05-23-2003, 02:58 PM   #7
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Thanks. Yeah, I am finishing up a MIS degree at the local Uni. I dispise VB but as I am still taking classes using it, I am forced to keep windoze on my laptop. Alright you beat it out of me, I also play AVP2 from time to time..
 
  


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