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Old 09-01-2004, 04:49 PM   #1
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Dual Boot problems

Ok, I've read a lot of articles about this, but none seem to have helped, so I'm asking the experts

I've got an older system (Pentium II, 192MG RAM, 2 IDE HDs, 6GB and 8GB).

On HD1, Windows is installed on the only partition (HD0,0). On the second, I have 3 partitions, 3.5GB (root), .5GB(swap), and 4GB (vfat for file storage/sharing between systems).

So I installed Fedora Core 2, putting grub on the 1st partition of the installation, not the MBR. I did the whole dd if=/dev/hdc1 (the second disk is called 'hdc' becasue it's promary on the secong ribbon, CD is slave on 1st ribbon) of=linux.bin bs=512 count=1 command, and then copied it to C:\ and added an entry for it in boot.ini. But when I try booting from that, I get the "GRUB _" (_ flashing) on the screen, and linux doesn't boot. If I install grub to a floppy drive (grub-install /dev/fd0), I can boot to linux from the floppy for awhile until it gives me the "GRUB _" thing again ( i think it stops working if I try to boot from the HD andfail, and then try booting from the floppy again).

So, why on Earth is it booting from the floppy with grub installed, but when I copy the boot sector from hdc and put it on C:\, it won't boot?

Please help


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well... i think you have to install grub in the MBR of hdb,(and copy that sector ). i had the same kind of problem......but i use lilo. i don't know grub at all. ( maybe try lilo , dunno if it comes with fedora...)

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It sounds like the copy of grub installed onto /dev/hdc may not be pointing at the proper /boot partition and can't load the grub.conf menu.

Boot from your FC2 install disk, got into rescue mode, and check out the settings (boot partition, kernel image, etc.). There's another post by me a week or two ago that eplains how to do this and reinstall grub.
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Here is my grub.conf file. I editied one line to point specifically to /dev/hdc1 instead of LABEL=/

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You do not have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
#          root (hd1,0)
#          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdc1
#          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.8-1.521)
        root (hd1,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.8-1.521 ro root=LABEL=/
        initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.8-1.521.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.5-1.358)
        root (hd1,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358 ro root=/dev/hdc1
        initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img
title Other
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
as far as I know this is all right. I have no separate /boot partition, so the paths are right with the /boot/ in front of the kernel, right?

So if this is all right, what else could cause my problem? I can still install grub to the floppy, and boot all kernels from there. So why doesn't it work on my hd?

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Old 09-02-2004, 12:36 PM   #7
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try using this utility to extract the bootsector while you're in winxp, instead of using "dd" in Linux.

When you do it use force lba.


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