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Old 04-01-2003, 06:50 PM   #1
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dual boot

i have windows xp pro running on a 60gig partition from an 80gig hd. i HAD redhat 7.2 running on the 20gig part. but then my gf made me switch to xp bleh anyways here is my problem when i boot up it goes to xp by default and i cannot get into linux AT all even when i use the boot disk i JUST like i mean 5 minutes ago reinstalled redhat7.2 but it wouldn't even boot up
it is reinstalled on the 20gig partition but will not boot i created yet another boot disk for it and when i pop the disk in and reboot it looks like it is going to boot into linux then says to enter a bootable disk i don't know what is going on when i installed redhat 7.2 i chose LiLo and set winxp as the default because i figured i can use the boot disk to get into linux and not the other way around please please please help me i want the freedom of switching back and forth at will without going through a pile of BS ;/
Old 04-01-2003, 06:54 PM   #2
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just a reminder i can't get into linux at all so if anyone is going to post help please make sure it doesn't involve anything that has to do with linux files or accessing files from linux i can't boot it up at all
Old 04-01-2003, 08:24 PM   #3
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Do you have a bootable redhat CD? If you pop that into your CD-ROM and boot up you should be able to get to a "boot:" prompt. Type:


or whatever your root partition actually is. This should get you into Linux so you can modify your lilo.conf file to give you choices at boot time--provided of course that you installed LILO to the MBR. Also, once you get in, you need to recreate your boot disk so you have one that works (I know you've done this already). It sounds like the one you have is no good. What command are you using to make a boot disk?

The best solution would be to get rid of XP and donate the additional 60 GB to RedHat or another distro or 2, but it doesn't sound like you want to do that

Another possible solution is to reformat your drive completely, then set your partitions up. Once you've got your partitions, you could then assign your XP partition, then your RH partition. Then, you could reformat your RH partition and install RH back on it. This is a slightly longer way to do it, but I think it should work. I would first try the RedHat CD and see if you can get back to command line. If so, you should be good to go. Just edit the lilo.conf file to reflect both Linux and Windows, make sure it's installed to the MBR, then type:


after you've made your changes to lilo.conf (rerunning lilo kind of "saves" the changes so to speak). When you reboot, you should have your choices of WinXP or Linux--hopefully you'll choose Linux.


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