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Old 09-03-2007, 01:34 AM   #1
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GRUB problems

Hello everyone,
I'm pretty new to linux and having a little bit of a problem. I just recently installed fedora core 6 on an external usb drive. In order to get to grub I have to have my drive hooked up. How do I go about putting grub on my internal drive so I dont have to have it hooked up everytime I boot up my computer?
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Let me see if I have this right, I have to go back and partition my internal drive which has windows, create a /boot directory and then install grub? maybe?
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Making a dedicated Grub partition:
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Originally Posted by wagon3rw View Post
Let me see if I have this right, I have to go back and partition my internal drive which has windows, create a /boot directory and then install grub? maybe?

Boot code goes in one of two places--or both:
1. MBR of the first drive--ie the drive the BIOS goes to
2. "boot sector" of a partition. In this case, there must also be boot code somewhere else which point to this boot sector.

In your case, you can simply put GRUB in the MBR of your main disk and have it go to the USB for its files. This would mean that the USB had to be hooked up to boot anything. OR, you could put the GRUB files in a partition on the main disk (perhaps that's what you meant above?)

Simpler solution would be to put GRUB on a floppy--used only to boot the external USB.

Getting more off-topic: I would favor putting both OSes on the internal drive, and then using the USB for shared data.
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Hi All,

Well I don't know if I should be posting here or not. I'm a complete newcomer so if I'm wrong I apologise to all.

I have just installed Linux on a dual boot with Grub and all seems OK. However on boot up I am presented with Grub screen asking to select where to boot, but can't move selection at all by mouse, keyboard or anything else I've tries. Result always boot into Linux and can't get into windows

Any help would be very welcome, but not too complicated please


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