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Old 09-19-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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dual boot gone horribly wrong

Hello everyone im a very very new linux user and i was attempting to run a dual boot with fedora core 2 and windows xp pro sp2. Ideally i wanted to run one hard drive for the windows and make that the primary and then the second one for linux. I installed both and it looked to be working fine but grub would not boot to windows. so i wiped both drives to start fresh. now i cant boot to windows with my startup up disk (it hangs after the hardware inspection) and if i try to boot form the hdd it says grub hard disk error. i can still boot into a linux install using those disks but reinstalling always results in the same grub hard disk error any help would be greatly appreciated,
Old 09-19-2007, 02:44 PM   #2
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i had a similar problem some time back. I never got it solved but i figured out that it had to do with the way i was mapping to the hard drives in grub. make sure that your hard drives are properly mapped (mapping to a windows only hd is a little different than a linux hd). sorry for not being too much more specific but i never actually fixed mine so i can only tell what i know. hope that helps though. =^D
Old 09-20-2007, 05:30 AM   #3
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When I first set up dual booting a few years ago using on a PC on which I had installed a second hard disc I had a problem setting it up which was solved when I changed the BIOS from autodetecting the second hard disc to actually having a record of the second hard disc.

So I would just check what you have in the BIOS.

It might also help if you posted a bit more about your set up and the contents of /boot/frub/menu.1st

The other thing to do is check out the grub web pages for how to reinstall grub to the MBR. From memory it is something like grubinstall sd0

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