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Old 04-03-2004, 04:54 AM   #1
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Dual OS - Linux and WinXP

I have just installed linux redhat 9.0. In the grub menu i am given 3 options

the third is the DOS, from which i can enter winXP. i just want to know how can i set winXP as my number 1 bootable OS - it should be the first option than the third and i also want to change its name from DOS to XP.

Another question is that i cant access the internet and i have no sound on linux. i have two ethernet cards in my computer. and i have a small home networking that i am unable to set. Please i do need some help......
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there will be an option to choose which is the default os to run. change it to the number of the DOS system, You will probably have to change it to 2 as the number system goes 0,1,2 (ie three options)

You can also change the name DOS to Windows XP if you want
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The solution to the first problem is easy. Open /boot/grub/menu.lst [or where ever redhat keeps your grub conf file] and add the line 'default 2' at the top. [The first entry is 0, the second 1, so the third is 2]. Save and reboot, it should come up with XP.

Failing that find the section in menu.lst that loads XP:

title DOS
rootnoverify ()
chainloader +1

and move it to be above Redhats first grub option. Grub will happily load the first entry in the menu.lst file, unless a 'default' line is specified.

There is also a 'saved' option, but I don't know how this works.

[The thread was answered while I was typing this!]

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Old 04-03-2004, 08:44 AM   #4
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where do i mention the cammand,

when the grub loader displays the 3 options (so i do it by writing it in the cammand line) or when i am in the redhat enviroment.

i did try to search the menu file but couldnt find it.

I cant run the internet or the sound, so please give some advice on that as well.

Does the redhat 9.0 support the HT function in p4 cause i am running a 3.0 C Ghz p4 and cant find any sort of clue if it does.
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Re: Dual OS - Linux and WinXP

The menu file is only accessable from within redhat.

Login as root, and try /boot/grub/grub.conf

Hyper Threading support is a 'kernel' question, hyper threading is supported by Linux.

It works by telling Linux that there are two processors. Turn HT on in the bios, and then get a SMP enabled kernel. [redhat may have one, I don't know]

Failing that recompile your kernel with SMP enabled.
[There will be a thread somewhere on LinuxQuestions to help with this]
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I assume that you connect to the internet through a proxy server or router.
Setting up the network:

as root, type ifconfig, and look for a paragraph that looks like that below:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:60:08:1D:A0:3D
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:1812 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1501 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:18 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:1060646 (1.0 Mb) TX bytes:284766 (278.0 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0xd800

eth0 is the first ethernet network card in the computer, eth1 the second [lo is loopback, and is used by some programs to talk to each other on the computer]

If you don't have eth0 or eth1 then your network cards aren't setup. Somewhere will be a RedHat configure tool to do this.

Once you have a working network card, tell your web browser where the proxy server is [Something Like Tools>Options or Edit>Preferences, then look for 'Advanced settings', 'Connection settings' or 'Proxy Settings'] enter the address of the proxy server, then the port number [normally 8080]

If you connect using a router, I suspect it should just be picked up by the web browser, try typing a URL in and see what happens!


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