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Old 07-29-2003, 01:37 AM   #1
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I am looking to install RH Linux 9 on my system. I am currently running Windows XP on my C: and will install Linux on my D: (both of them 40 gig drives). I want to install GRUB but it isn't clear to me in the instructions if I can load it in the MBR or not. I thought if I altered the MBR that I would lose my ability to access Windows.

I bought the Red Hat Linux 9 Bible from Wiley Press and plan to use that for the install.

Am I asking for trouble?
Old 07-29-2003, 02:16 AM   #2
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Not likely, very, VERY, few people have issues if they follow a guide when installing their linux boot loader into the MBR. Linux picks up windoze 99 out of 100 times and will boot it no problem.

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Old 07-29-2003, 02:46 AM   #3
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I use Mandrake 9.1 and have used a dual boot before. When you install just make sure you don't touch the drive that has windows on it. I always chose custom partition or something to the effect of use blank space. In Mandrake windoze shows up as a blue partition. Redhat is similiar but not sure about the install part.
If you don't erase it, it will recognize it automatically. It even thinks my data drive is windows. It finds it every time. No OS on it, but it does it anyway.

If your is like mine you should have a tab when you get to the partition part, make sure your on hdb if you are putting Linux on the primary slave drive. Your windows should be on hda.
Note if you are new to Linux.
hda = c: = primary master
hdb = d: = primary slave
hdc = e: = secondary master
hdd = f: = secondary slave

hd = hard drive: a is first drive, b second etc. hda1 is hda first partition; hda2 is second partition etc.

Lilo or grub should be added during the install. I always put mine in the MBR and I use Lilo. When you boot the system you should get a screen that asks you what you want to boot ie windows, linux, floppy or failsafe etc.
Also no need to format your new drive, install will do that for you and will be safer actually because the one that is not formatted will be the one you want linux to use. If you can I would suggest ext3 file system. It's better in my opinion.

Hope this helps. I'm a slow typer.



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