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Old 10-30-2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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Question DualBooting with Mepis and GRUB ; Error message of 'Kernel must be booted'

I installed another hard drive and put mepis on it and kept the windows xp that was on my first one. I have it set up so that my linux drive is master and windows is slave but when I choose to boot Windows from GRUB it goes to an MS-DOS screen with 'grub>' on the command line. 'TAB' brings up possible commands although none will work. I type in command 'boot' and it says 'kernel must be loaded beffore booting'. Does anyone have any answers to this?
Old 10-31-2006, 03:49 AM   #2
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Windows does not like to be a slave.

Try these commands at that 'grub>' prompt (this is NOT an MS-DOS prompt, this is the grub command line):
root (hd1)
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1
These commands do the following:
1 - set the 'root' (in grub-speak, not linux-speak) location to the master boot record on the SECOND disk (first would be hd0).
2 - tell windows that the first disk is the second
3 - tell windows that the second disk (that's the windows disk) is first, this is where it wants to be
4 - tell grub to load another bootloader at the master boot record on the second disk (that's the windows MBR)
5 - tell grub to boot windows

If this works, then these are the commands that need to be listed in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file, in your Windows entry. You can edit the file with a text editor, like nano or vim, from linux. Then come back to the forum and tell us it worked, so others may benefit. If this doesn't work, post your /boot/grub/menu.lst here.

Any words you don't understand, try googling 'wiki <word>'

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