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Old 02-04-2003, 11:23 AM   #1
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Dual boot (2 hardrives) XP Pro, Red Hat 8

well this is the basic deal...
im a big computer geek, looking to further my studies

I run win XP Pro on my first drive
Red Hat linux 8 on a 7 gig drive

from what i have learned thus far i have learned to make my linux had drive the primary drive, i installed red hat w/ automatic partitions just to make it easier...i set up two accounts a root and a user. i configured Lilo to make XP the default OS which works fine
my prob is when i put my boot disk in at startup to use red hat instead of windows it goes through the load i get the "OK's" all the way down but then it goes to a login screen in text (told it to use the GUI on install) i try to log in with my name and password but i cant get past a screen with funky text centered vertically and horizontally, its two words.... no idea

i just want to be able to get in the OS
did i do something wrong?
i have also tried the command for starting up the xsystem (is that what its called) which i dont know off hand and im at school...
does anyone have suggestions on how to config my comp to work? i would like to either have a choice menu for OS on start-up or a book disk for linux

thanks in advance!
Old 02-04-2003, 01:41 PM   #2
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When I had a duel boot set up Win2k and Linux. The Win2k HD was primary master, and the Linux HD was set to primary slave (you have to switch a manual jumper). During the install I installed GRUB to the master boot record.

I think that you can use the command: startx
at the command prompt to start Gnome or Kde. If that doesn't work than it is possible that you have to choose a different video card during setup such as a generic card of the brand you have. I've had it install before where it didn't start the desktop, but I was able to get it to work after changing some of the settings. One time my mouse setting messed everything up.
Old 02-04-2003, 03:19 PM   #3
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Mine situation:

I have RedHat8.0 on first master and WinXP on secondary master. I have installed Grub loader on hard drive (where I have RH) and set up WinXP as default boot loader.

..which was not working at first. Win XP can't boot from second ide channel if exists primary master or slave (Bill want's to be first .

To boot WinXp add those lines (before rootnoverify(hd1,0) and chainloader +1):

map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)

In this way you "temporarily" override BIOS channel defaults and Win XP can boot, and RH8.0 can boot also.

It works fine.

Next time use Grub as boot loader (better and it looks fine, no?
Old 02-04-2003, 06:46 PM   #4
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Why are we making this so difficult?

Install XP on your first hard drive and Linux on the second. Follow Red Hat's tips:

I'd try Grub, but if it gave me any problems, would use NTLDR and point it to Grub and the Linux partition.

Maybe it is just me, but I find enough challenges in Linux that I don't need to create any more! Keep it simple!
Old 02-04-2003, 08:33 PM   #5
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but now i have narrowed my problem to this, when i go to load systemx its says fatal server error then something about my moniter
i ran "xf86config" and set up my HP A4331A and my GForce MX 440 64mb and i have no luck
can anyone help please?
Old 02-05-2003, 02:26 AM   #6
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I once had that problem, and it means that there is a problem with your XF86Config files. I've actually had problems with the XF86Config file generated by the xf86config program, so if you still got the unmodified default XF86Config and XF86Config-4 files, switch back to those.

Next question is, have you installed video drivers for your video card recently? If so, you will have to mod one of those config files. It will more than likely be a file called XF86Config-4 that you will really need to modify. Make sure you have the correct NVidia Kernel and GLX drivers (that match your OS and are matching versions themselves). Then replace the following line in XF86Config-4 if you haven't done so already:

Driver "nv"


Driver "nvidia"

These files should be located in the /etc/X11 directory (but you probably knew that already if you were running the xf86config program).

Test by attemting to start the X server by typing "startx"

If this fails, write the error message down and post it back up, somebody should be able to help you then for sure!
Old 02-05-2003, 09:43 AM   #7
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I too had problems with my NVIdia Geforce 4 card, only this was in MAndrake. It too gave me the funky screen with jumbled letters.

I went back to REd hat 8.0 and everything is fine. I have XP on the primary drive, and an 8G drive as master with the CDROM as slave on the other IDE. I use GRUB to boot up, it works great.
What i did find out is when the screen is at "Localhost login:" you need to type "root" for the name, then the password you set up in the installation for "root"
I too am a newbie, have found that surfing this sight and looking at the answers has helped a lot. I so appreciate all those who take the time to answer questions and help. Go Linux! Down with Microsoft! (Yea, while I have XP on the main drive)
Old 02-15-2003, 03:10 PM   #8
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Yeah, it took me quite a bit of playing to get my video drivers to work. I think it's one of those things that you either get right the first time, or spend a whole lot of time fixing if you get it wrong.

One of the problems is that the documentation for installing those drivers is quite old, and seems to be refering to problems with distros that use an older version of the XFree86 X server. Installing the drivers is a lot simpler than those instructions make it out to be, and the only file you need to modify with a lot of distros is the XF86Config-4 file. I honestly found the README that came with those drivers frustrating to deal with.

The other problem is of course with the xf86config program... instructions to use that program really ought to be removed from the docs, imho.


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