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Old 11-20-2005, 04:48 PM   #1
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Fedora boot loader no longer appears


My system has Fedore Core 3 and Windows XP installed. The way the system used to boot was that it would start up and then say it was going to load Fedora xxx.yyy.zzz in 8 seconds. At that time I could select to boot an older version of the Fedora kernel or Windows XP. I recently had a crash. Now it no longer asks about booting Fedora. Instead it directly boot Windows XP.

Any thought on how I can fix this?


Old 11-20-2005, 04:53 PM   #2
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use your cd's to boot to a rescue mode (or use a boot floppy you have in case of emergency) and then run either "lilo" to reinstall lilo, or "grub-install /dev/hda" to reinstall grub. you may need to do a little more jumping around if you are using a rescue mode, if you just do a "chroot /mnt/sysimage/" IF you are using a distro which attempts to mount exisitng installations under /mnt/sysimage then those command should both run off the bat as all the files will be in the right places.
Old 11-20-2005, 06:40 PM   #3
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Got it fixed.

I followed the step provided to reinstall grub. They worked fine, but no change in behavior, the system still booted XP. After some head scratching I decided to check the BIOS and found the problem. Somehow the BIOS was set to boot from the 1st hard drive on my SATA, which was Windows XP, not the first IDE drive, which is where Fedora resides. I changes the BIOS and Fedora booted right up.

Now the question is how did the BIOS get changed? I never went into the BIOS until final fix. Is it possible that a crash of Fedora would have played with the BIOS?



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