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Old 06-21-2005, 12:37 AM   #1
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Dual Boot problem of Red hat 9 with Xp


I have XP on primary partition with file system FAT32.
I recently installed red hat 9 on extended partition of hard disk with linux file
system ext 2.
After rebooting system, boot screen does not appear and system directly boot XP.
I changed boot loader configuration with all available option but vain.

Hard Disk Structure
Hard disk 40 GB
Primary partition 5 GB, OS winXP, File System FAT32.
Extended partition 4.1 GB, OS Red hat 9, File system ext2.

Plz help me......
Old 06-21-2005, 03:51 AM   #2
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Please post the contents of grub.conf; should be
NB: you may have a file instead called lilo.conf.
Old 06-21-2005, 11:16 AM   #3
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Talking Your Dual boot problem...


I was thinking you probably haven't installed any Linux Bootloader. I was thinking GRUB would be a fine choice. SInce it looks like you didn't install GRUB during the initial installation, just open a terminal window (when logged on as root) and run this command at the prompt

#/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda

as in #/sbin/grub-intstall <location>

<location>= /dev/hda

This should install GRUB to the MBR(That's WHERE you want it by the way!), it wont overwrite the Windows bootloader but it should take control of the whole boot process becoming you're default boot loader and write the grub.conf file accordingly.

Then I guess after you've rebooted your machine and are now sure that GRUB is working, you'd have to add stuff to the grub.conf file to help it find Windows...something like

title Windows XP PRO
#this is assuming windows is on the first partition of your hard drive
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

This look alot like what anaconda generated for me when I intalled it on my machine
By the way in the (hd#,#) notation, hd# specifies the hard drive and # specifies the partition on the drive with 0 being the first partition, drive etc........

Check out this link before you try all this though

I sure hope this helps...holla back and let us know

Sammy Boy (Megamix-X)


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