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Old 08-12-2006, 08:47 AM   #1
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never got the GRUB instsall screen

I am deciding to go back to linux after about 4 years, and i forgot alot.
I have two hard drives, on the first on partition 2 is windows XP, and just installed fedora 5 on the second drive. I never got the screen during installation to install GRUB. It appeared to install correctly, and when i clicked reboot it just booted to Win XP. There doesn't seem to be a bootloader installed with fedora. I also went to the bios and told it to boot from drive 2, and it said there was nothing to boot. Is there a way to fix this in win xp, or a boot disc? Sorry for the stupidity on this, but I did not buy the Bible this time.

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Old 08-12-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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It's been a long time since I've installed Fedora but you should be able to boot with your Fedora CD (or if they have a recovery CD) and re-install your bootloader. Just as a word of caution if you install the bootloader on the SECOND drive AND have your BIOS use that as the boot device you will have to adjust your GRUB config a little bit to let Windows XP boot. Windows needs to think that it's on the first hard drive to boot properly. Just to add a little, here is my grub.conf:

title=Windows XP Professional SP2
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
root (hd1,0)
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1
Hope this helps.
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:05 AM   #4
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boot from the fedora 1 cd
n on the boot prompt type


thn it will chk for the fedora iinstallation . n will say the image mounted in /mnt/sysimage
just continue

you will get a shell
in that type
grub-install or install-grub and the partition on which you want to install it . ie which contains the mbr

grub-install /dev/hda1

it is done
now reboot n you will get a grub screen



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