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Old 11-01-2004, 04:57 AM   #1
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Angry So mad I can't stand it: GRUB!


I've had it. I've spent too many nights & too many hours messing this up, so I need some help.

I have three HD's.

SATA Primary has Windows XP installed
SATA Secondary has nothing on it (free space)
IDE Primary has nothing on it (free space)

I have tried NUMEROUS times to install Fedora on SATA Secondary & IDE Primary and it's been successful.

Except on reboot, I get no GRUB & go straight to XP. It's annoying because I know Linux is there, and I can't boot it. I could boot from CD/floppy, but I'd prefer to use a bootloader. Thinking it might be the distro, I deleted Fedora and installed Mandrake, and I got the same results.

So, after that, I decided to reinstall Fedora, and this time, I installed GRUB to /dev/sda instead of /dev/hda. This time it produced a "GRUB" in the upper left corner of my screen & nothing else. It just hung.

So, using my handy fixmbr command, I got back into XP, and deleted Fedora off the system.

I am so frustrated it's crazy right now. Can anyone, anyone, please tell me where in the name of all that's holy to place GRUB so it will actually work.

Thank you all for your time and patience (I've run out)


Old 11-01-2004, 07:37 AM   #2
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Re: So mad I can't stand it: GRUB!

Grub should be installed on your primary drive (windows xp)
Originally posted by herkdrvr

So, after that, I decided to reinstall Fedora, and this time, I installed GRUB to /dev/sda instead of /dev/hda. This time it produced a "GRUB" in the upper left corner of my screen & nothing else. It just hung.
Check how your bios is set to detect your drives, mine works best when set to auto,
Old 11-01-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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For booting a dual boot system you need to have grub overwrite the MBR. Be careful as you will render you compter useless unless you have win boot disk.

Google on grub and somewhere someone will tell you how to do it.
Old 11-02-2004, 03:06 AM   #4
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BIOS has a important role to play in a thing like this. If you install grub on the MBR of the disk where you are installing Linux, than that Hard Drive should be selected as the first hard drive of your system in BIOS menu. In this way you will need to change that setting from the BIOS , for selecting which OS to boot.

When you install the grub on your windows drive, you say it just halts. This is because either grub could not load properly. Or you are talking about the grub prompt. Try typing something. If you are successful. This means your grub configuration file is not properly set.
In that case you need to manually give the commands on the prompt. GRUB home page will help you in this regard.
But my guess is that you should install the grub on the MBR of the drive where you are installing the linux , and from BIOS , select it as your first drive.



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