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Old 01-12-2003, 10:21 AM   #1
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Grub installation Help

Hi, I'm new to linux and to this forum..

I've just installed RedHat 8, I'm dual booting it with windows xp.
During installation I choose not to install a boot loader, but I made a boot disk.

I tried to make the NTLoader load linux by doing the following:
- copying the linux boot sector to a floppy:
- dd if=/dev/hda2 bs=512 count=1 of=linux_bs.bin
- mcopy linux_bs.bin a:

Copied the linux_bs.bin to the NT directory..
I then added the following line to boot.ini (xp system)
- c:\linux_bs.bin="Red Hat Linux"
and made linux_bs.bin Read Only.

When I rebooted and choose Red hat from the nt loader, it did'nt work. I dont know why, but I assume its because I never installed a linux boot loader at all.

So now I need help on how to install Grub to /boot. I you guys think/know that that wont solve the problem, please give me some other suggestions to my dilemma


/dev/hda2 --> /boot
/hda3 --> /
/hda1 --> NTFS (XP)
/dev/hda4 --> Extended
/hda 5 --> SWAP


Old 01-12-2003, 06:33 PM   #2
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Don't get so quick to bail on what you've done. I've been there several times with NTLDR and they always worked out.

Your dd command is a little different than what I've seen (and used). Probably legit, but let's retry it with the one I know. Actually, I'd recommend trying it twice. You see, the problems I've had with NTLDR were grabbing the wrong disk image. In Mandrake it was / (and I grabbed /boot first) and in Red Hat, it was /boot (and I started with /).

Right about now your telling you screen that you have Red Hat and you grabbed the image from /boot. Again, I want to regrab that. And, just for grins, get a second of your / partition. In Linux, (boot there with a floppy if you have to), mount the floppy drive (on the desktop, right click, select disk, then floppy) and open a terminal window. Type these dd commands:

dd if=/dev/hda2 of=/dev/fd0/linux_bs.bin bs=512 count=1
dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/dev/fd0/linux_bs.opt bs=512 count=1

This should copy both images to your floppy. Now logout and boot up Windows.

Change the attributes of your current c:\linux_bs.bin to allow us to overwrite it. Copy a:\linux_bs.bin to c:\ and see if that fixes it. If it doesn't, copy a:\linux_bs.opt to c:\linux_bs.bin (note the name change) and see if that works.

Get back to us with results.


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