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Old 12-10-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Dual Boot RHEL 5.1 and WinXP, won't load Windoze

I installed RHEL 5.1

Linux seems to be working fine. Steep learning curve for me.

I wanted to dual boot my WinXP install. I resized the drive, everything seemed to go correctly. Now when I try to boot into WinXP, I get:

root noverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

System has only one hard drive. I saw other references to remapping the drive order in GRUB, I tried that also, but no joy.

I can mount and view the NTFS partition.

Suggestions? I've been on the net all morning looking around and it seems that XP wants to be the first partition on the first drive (from what I can find, it is). Not sure what else to do from here.


# 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 (hd0,1)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda2
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
password --md5 $1$SsdSG$WusNhBWKEH6pwLKzZQ3AQ0
title IBM Open Client for Linux 2.10 (GM) Client (2.6.18-53.el5)
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-53.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ exec-shield=0 selinux=0 rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18-53.el5.img
title IBM Client for e-business Windows XP v2.12
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

and ...

[root@ericcol /]# /sbin/fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 7649 61440561 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 7650 14462 54725422+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 14463 14593 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

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Old 12-10-2007, 04:09 PM   #2
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Hello? Is this thing on?
Old 12-10-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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I'm not really seeing anything wrong with your setup. You can try adding "makeactive" on the line after "rootnoverify" in your grub.conf, but I don't think it should be needed.


Old 12-11-2007, 03:35 PM   #4
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Unhappy I fought the law, and the law won...

Murphy's Law, that is.

I tried the makeactive switch, no difference.

Also, I checked with another person with the same basic setup, much more linux experience than me, on almost identical equipment, his grub looked the same, and he couldn't find anything wrong either.

It looks like I just hit a bug that hosed me.

I have since given up. And am reloading WinXP. I might try running Linux in a VM.

Thanks for the help,
Eric Collins


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