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Old 11-29-2006, 07:58 AM   #1
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dual boot and boot loader trouble

pls tell me where the boot loader should be installed on a computer that is having windows xp and linux on the same hdd..that should be in MBR or in /boot partition...on my pc /boot partition is on /dev/hda6..
and /dev/hda1 is my windows boot partition...pls help me out where should i load boot loader to boot in to both windows and linux using i am directly booting to windows...
Old 11-29-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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In your case in the mbr the ntloader is currently the one thats gives so the os choice
but if you install grub into the mbr the ntloader will be flushed and grub gives you the choice which os you want to boot.

You can use ntloader as well to start your linux.
But the easiest way is just to install grub into the mbr and for the most common distributions it will recognize your windows install and includes it into the boot os list.
Old 11-30-2006, 06:24 AM   #3
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in that case where should i load the boot loader???my /boot partition is hda10..can i load grub in that partition???
Old 11-30-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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The bootloader can be installed in several places, but not everywhere.
I believe the MBR would be the best for you. Having a single IDE disk the Master Boot Record will be the first sector of your hda disk (not a partition).
Be sure the config file (lilo or grup) is correctly set as while installing the bootloader will flush the windows bootloader.
Hope this helps


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