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Old 08-02-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Multiple OS issue-can't find fedora on bootup

I've installed fedora 10 on my PC yesterday along with Microsoft XP SP2...after a lot of struggle i finally got through with the installation and i used it for a shprt while..then i switched to XP a short while later,then i found an error on start-up saying some boot error!!
Then i re-installed XP and i found that the choice for fedora boot on startup was missing!!! I need someone to help me out..the OS is installed but its not booting.. i saw some refernces of 'grub' mentioned on googling..but i can't sort this out still!! pls help me!!!

P.S.:I'm an absolute newbie so pls be clear with your replies!!

Thanks in advance!!!
Old 08-02-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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When Windows is reinstalled it will overwrite the masterbootrecord of your harddrive. That disables the bootloader. You will have to boot with a Live-CD and do a chroot into your Linux-partition and reinstall the bootloader.

Old 08-02-2009, 08:11 PM   #3
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Most install CDs allow you to use the root=/dev/sdan option when booting to automatically chroot and log into the linux system installed on /dev/sdan. Say you installed linux on /dev/sda3, you'd boot from the install CD and type linux root=/dev/sda3 at the boot: prompt. You should be able to log into your linux system and then use the appropriate command for whatever bootloader you use. (LILO is just lilo or lilo -M /dev/sda to reinstall. I'm not certain what any other bootloaders use, but it should be in the man pages for the specific bootloader.)


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