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Old 11-19-2004, 08:10 AM   #1
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GRUB Win2K Boot Problems

Hi Guys,

I have a machine with one hard drive that has 2k, RH9, Debian Sarge 3.0 and two data storage partitions. The following comes from fdisk -l /dev/hda:

Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41110142976 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5310 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 833 6297448+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 2566 5310 20752200 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda3 834 1984 8701560 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 1985 2565 4392360 83 Linux
/dev/hda5 2566 2677 846688+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda6 2678 3470 5995048+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda7 3471 5310 13910368+ b W95 FAT32

Partition table entries are not in disk order

The important parts of /boot/grub/menu.lst looks like this:

title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.4.27-1-386
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-386 root=/dev/hda4 ro
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-1-386

title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.4.27-1-386 (recovery mode)
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.27-1-386 root=/dev/hda4 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-1-386


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/hda3.
title Red Hat 9
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 root=/dev/hda3

# Manual addition to boot menu
# Windows installation on /dev/hda1

title Windows 2000 (SP4)
root (hd0,0)

Now when I select Win2k ot be booted it does nothing, it just dumps be back to the GRUB menu. RH9 and Debian boot fine (I am in the process of switching over from RH9 to Debian just in case your wondering :-)). Ive searched the web and there seems to be alot of problems with GRUB detecting windows installs particularly under FD2. I was just wondering if any fellow SARGE users have had the same problem and found a resolution. Any comments or suggestions welcome :-)

Old 11-21-2004, 01:43 PM   #2
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Try changing the Hard Drive Access Mode in your computer's BIOS Setup Program (You can usually enter it by pressing del, f2, or ctrl-alt-f2 at bootup) from LBA to CHS or vice versa depending on what it's set at. You may have to look around for that option but it's generally under the basic setup options.
Old 11-21-2004, 05:10 PM   #3
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Did you use NTFS on windows? When I tried dual booting with an NTFS windows partition I got the same problem. FAT32 has always been fine though. Eventually I had to just reinstall windows. It was my mom's computer - I wouldn't let windows anywhere near mine
Old 11-23-2004, 05:49 PM   #4
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Hi Guys,

Cheers for all your replies but alas they were in vane. It was a user issue..................... :-( May shame follow me for at least 10mins! :-P Ah no I got so caught up in trying to get it working I forgot that GRUB goes from 0 up........ DOH. You know the way u just get wrapped up in something and skim over the very basics. Once again cheers for help.

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