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Old 04-26-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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GRUB and Dual Boot Configuration Problem

Hello all, this is my first ever questions n this excellent forum and I resorted to come here after exhausting and tearing apart my man pages

First info on my hardware:
P4 2.4 Ghz CPU
768 MB RAM
2 Hard drives - hda=40GB and hdb=80GB
(rest of hardware irrelevant to my question I think)

My Configuration:
first HD:
hda1 - Win XP Pro (For gaming only, nothing but World of Warcraft installed ) no partitions on that drive

second HD:
hdb1 - Fedora Core 6
hdb2 - SWAP
hdb3 - openSUSE 10.2
hdb4 - /home for openSUSE, nothing to fo with fedora

Intstallation order:
I installed Win XP first on the 40 GB HD cause I found out before windows doesn't play nice with linux. I then installed Fedora 6.0 on a 40GB partition and set up a 2 GB SWAP partition on the second HD. After a few weeks of playing with fedora, I got it in my head to install openSUSE 10.2 on the remainder of the second hard drive and the installation created / and /home for SUSE. Now here comes fun! :P

I have decided openSUSE is not my cup of tea..nothing against it just I like Fedora better and the package manage and updating seems to be clearer, so I want to take off SUSE and dedicate the free space to Fedora later, possibly creating a /home directory to help store the massive amount of junk I will accumulate. I was getting ready to just go edit my grub menu and then manually delete the partitiont using QTparted or something but then I remembered, when the computer boots, it uses the grub files located on hdb3 where SUSE is, if I deleted that patition, I delete the grub that gets booted. So after thinking about if, it seems to me that I need to edit the MBR of something to boot off the /boot in hdb1 instead, but I can't find the answer anywhere how to accomplish this, or more likely, the answer is right in front of me but I don't know how to read it.

Any help much appreciated and I look forward to being in this community
Old 04-26-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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You should be able to recover this from the FC6 CD - I sure I've seen people say it's one of the options.
That would be simplest, then just trash the Suse partitions.

Else just boot FC6, got to a terminal and type in (as root) "grub-install /dev/hda".
Should also do the trick - presumes the menu.lst (in FC6) is o.k. Should be.
Old 04-27-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
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Man....if this doesn't define the meaning of KISS, i don't know what does!!

Thank you SO MUCH!! Ive been worrying about that for awhile and I...can' the solution was! Next time Ill google harder before I show the world what a n00b i am..


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