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Old 01-19-2004, 07:57 PM   #1
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Please Help!!!

Hey guys,

I just bought my laptop tonight and went to set it up for dual-boot with linux and windows. The linux distrib went well but when i set up the windows it messed things up. now i have windows only installed (and right now want to keep it that way) but my boot loader wont load it. all i get is 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999....forever when i try and load up. PLEASE HELP!!! and soon if possible.

Old 01-20-2004, 06:00 AM   #2
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hi. when you install windows, it will automatically overwrite your existing boot loader. did you make any linux boot disks?

i use red hat / fedora. and to fix that i'd boot off the cd and jump into rescue mode and rerun grub-install to fix it up.

good luck though.

Old 01-20-2004, 07:04 AM   #3
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Windows assumes it will be the only OS on the computer. It is not very friendly with linux. When you install windows, it overwrites the MBR with its own boot loader which only loads windows. To get around this, install windows first, then install Linux on a seperate partition. The Linux installation should automatically detect the windows partition and set it up in the boot loader (Grub, Lilo, etc.). Also, windows has to be on the first partition of the hard drive. I have heard that there is a way to have windows on another partition, but it seems like more work than its worth.
Hope this helps.

Matthew Doak

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