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Old 05-13-2006, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question Boot choice menu is missing after installation of another OS


For quite a while, I have been dual booting my RH9 with Windows XP Professional.I recently installed Windows XP Profession SP2 where Windows was originally located. The installation was successful. But when I now boot, I do not get any OS choice menu and it directly boots into Windows.

I booted with my Linux installation disc and chose the upgrade option even though I had installed all the features.It gave me an option to install the OS choice menu. I chose it and when I tried to upgrade it, it told that all the packages had been installed like I expected and it also stated that since no upgrade was going to take place, it would not add the OS choice menu.

It gave me an option to create a boot diskette which I did. On using the disk,it did not boot into Linux. I need to get the OS choice menu back.

I know that I did not overwrite my Linux because the Linux setup told me that it had found Linux on hdb2 which is where I had originally installed Linux.

Thanks a lot for you time.
 
Old 05-13-2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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What happened is that MS Windows over-writes the Master Boot Record when it installs. Linux does not do this. If you install MS after installing Linux the computer no longer knows that Linux is there. If the RH9 install CD is like the Slackware CD, there is an option to "repair installation". This will usually give you the option of rewriting the MBR.

To boot from the floppy you have to go into Setup (the BIOS) as the computer is just starting to boot (hit Delete or Escape, or F1, F2, or whatever is right for your box), and set the boot sequence to use the floppy first. Then the floppy should work.

Good luck.

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Old 05-13-2006, 11:15 AM   #3
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Well, you simply need to install grub. You can do that by following a simple set of steps.

1. Put RH9 CD1 in your CD-ROM.
2. On the screen, where you press [Enter] to begin with installation, type "linux rescue" and press enter
3. You will be asked a series of simple questions, which you should be able to answer.
4. Then you are directed to a console.
5. Type grub-install [location] (location, where your OS menu choice shud go)..
This shud help..out..

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Old 05-13-2006, 11:59 PM   #4
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I tried both the suggestions.
In the first case, it gives a message and asks me to press enter or wait for ten seconds and then it says that the boot failed from disk, Please switch the disk.

In the second case, it gives an error message. Isn't there a way to install GRUB from windows or are there any alternative boot loaders are present?

Thank you.
 
Old 05-14-2006, 12:09 AM   #5
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Can you tell us the error message you got from the second case? I've done this before and it generally works without a hitch.
 
Old 05-16-2006, 02:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help. Grub is now installed. Last time I had made the mistake of typing "install grub /dev/hda" instead of "grub install /dev/hda"

Last edited by gregorian; 05-16-2006 at 04:45 AM.
 
Old 05-16-2006, 08:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. Grub is now installed. Last time I had made the mistake of typing "install grub /dev/hda" instead of "grub install /dev/hda"
Oh ...ok....

Which city / town / state are u in india? Mumbai? Hyderbad or Bangalore?
 
Old 05-16-2006, 11:52 PM   #8
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I'm in Hyderabad.
 
  


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