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Old 10-02-2007, 04:02 PM   #1
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Dual boot Headache

So, I've been running gentoo linux for a long while now, saying goodbye to windows; however.. Today I decided to embark on installing windows 2000 on a seperate hdd. But before I did this, I unplugged my hdd, that linux was on, along with my /home hdd. (For fear that windows might decide to write some stuffs to 'em.) I install windows and no problem's there. The real problem comes when I go to setup this new windows install in my current grub configuration. Well, I've been surfing the web for the past 4 hours or so, and to no avail, of getting grub to boot my windows hdd. Here is my configuration.

title=Windows 2000
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
The error I get with this configuration is: "Loading stage2Read Error", I presume this is because, I mapepd hd0, to hd1, and grub is trying to load the stage2 image from hd0, (which is now hd1), which obviously doesn't exist. I'm running out of thoughts here, and google isn't being much help right now.. Any help would be much appreciated..
Old 10-02-2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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So you only have one drive installed at the moment? Maybe misunderstanding. I found that the following works. Install windows to the sole (master drive) then moving it to the slave (move the jumpers and all of course), making the linux disk the master and setting up grub to work. I've found some inconsistencies between distros (maybe it's the grub version) with the text needed to get WIn to boot. You're right that Win isn't going to install (easily or at all) on a second (slave) drive since it really wants to write the MBR on the master.
Old 10-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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Try it in this order
title=Windows 2000
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1
Take note on the red bit I altered.

You should have the Windows in the 2nd disk (hd1), otherwise there would be pointless to re-map it back to (hd0).

If you are sill unsure take a look at Section A of the 2nd link in my signature.

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