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Old 10-26-2003, 11:58 AM   #1
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dual boot problems

Hello everyone, pls excuse me if I ask some rather dumb questions, I am new to this OS...

B4 yesterday I had a dual boot windows 2003 server +Windows xp PC, with 2 hard disks, ATI all-in-wonder radeon video card. I however needed to install linux for a class assignment so I decided to install redhat over win xp. I did not format the winxp drive before the redhat install, trusting the install program for redhat will do this for me. I was right. However when I got to the part where I had to set up my partitions manually, I couldn't set up /swap, /boot and / on the same hard disk. I was forced to put / on the first hard disk in some free unformatted space and /boot, /swap on the second hard disk in previous winxp partition. upon rebooting i get a boot failure: OS could not be loaded or something like that. the boot floppy gives me the same error message.

btw i installed all the packages, and the afore mentioned boot error message is the only error message i get.

I was able to start up my pc using my install cd in rescue mode but after rebooting because I didn't know what to do next I got a new boot error message: Boot Failure: System halted.

I don't know how to go on from here to get GRUB to work as it should so that I can load redhat or windows server 2003 at start up. Any help will be greatly appreciated,

Old 10-26-2003, 01:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Do you get a grub screen where you can select which OS to boot?

Can you post the exact error messages and any text perhaps on the lines above.

To reinstall grub:
1) Boot into rescue mode insert cd1 and type "linux rescue" at theboot prompt
2) Change your root "chroot /mnt/sysimage"
3) Reinstall grub "/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda"
4) Reboot "shutdown -r now"
Old 10-26-2003, 05:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response David.

unfortunately I dont get a grub screen.

I was able to resinstall grub using your instructions though. However I get the same darn really annoyin' error message: Boot Failure : System halted

I have tried reinstalling several times to no avail.

So now I am just going to put down my gun and live to fight another day. I deleted the linux partitions and tried to reboot into windows but still the same error message (even after fixmbr and fdisk /mbr). I really need to crank out about a couple of dozen pages of reports, how do I get to boot into windows (or anything at all) again without reformatting everything?

thanks all for any possible assistance.

Old 10-27-2003, 01:52 PM   #4
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Are your BIOS settings correct?

Is your HDD recognised during POST.
Old 10-27-2003, 03:02 PM   #5
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Did you make any Windows rescue disks?



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