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Old 04-04-2002, 06:06 PM   #1
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Easy question about GRUB

I've been reading up on how to install Redhat onto my system. I have already installed Win98 and XP on my primary hard drive and have dual boot working with those two. I want to install Redhat on my 2nd hard drive, the primary slave. When I install Redhat, how should I install GRUB so that I can triple boot Linux, XP, and 98? I've never installed Linux before, so I'm a true newbie and don't want to mess up anything. =) Should I put GRUB on the MBR or first sector root partition to be able to choose to boot one of the OSs at startup? Or am I totally on the wrong path? Thanks.
Old 04-04-2002, 06:27 PM   #2
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If this is your first time installing linux, I would recommend what I did (I found it worked the best for me). Instead of setting up a dual or triple-boot situation, which can get messy if you're a total newbie (I've been there), Red Hat comes with a neat option that lets you create an image on your FAT32 partition (partitionless install) and boot into linux from a boot disk. That's what I did, and it helped me learn the basics without fear of messing up my MBR or anything else.
If you don't want to do that, my suggestion is try LILO instead of GRUB. I tried GRUB a couple times with Mandrake, and it ended up messing up all my stuff (maybe because I didn't know how to use it, but ehh...). I found that LILO is real easy to config.

Your fellow newbie...
Old 04-04-2002, 09:24 PM   #3
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This is just hypothetical, but seeing as you said you have 2 hard drives you could load RH on to the second one, and not worry about your MBR on your first, and most likely most important HD, and use lilo or grub on the second HD, and when you want to boot linux change your boot sequence in your bios to boot that HD insead of your multiboot windows HD. Whether this is possible or would be pratical is anyone's guess, but I just thought of it right now..... I'd be interested in anyone's input on this approach...
Old 04-04-2002, 10:32 PM   #4
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I was looking at the installation forum and someone posted a web site for dual booting at:

Would this work?

That web site worked like a charm. Now I'm able to boot XP,98, and RH. Woo hoo!!! Now to get my darn ethernet card to work under RH...

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