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Old 03-30-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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Problems dual-booting

Hey, i'm trying to dual boot Debian and Windows ME(for games), and i can't get Grub to display it as a boot option when I restart my computer. I installed Windows ME first using about half the hard drive, then installed Debian using the other half. I configured Grub so that it shows 3 default entries, and set the timeout to 25, but when I restart my computer it only shows two options for booting(regular linux kernal, and a single-user one).
Help would be much appreciated. Thanks
Old 03-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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You can edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add an entry for Windows.

If you edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and discover that the Windows entry is already there then you need to do a grub-install to the MBR. Assuming that you are booting device /dev/sda then the grub-install command would be:

grub-install /dev/sda

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Dual Booting - Grub Menu

This sounds like although Grub itself is correctly installed, there's either no menu entry for Windows or some sort of snafu in the syntax. That's easy to fix from within Linux.

You need to know where Windows is installed. It's almost certainly in its usual place (hd1,0). The other thing you need to know is what your Grub configuration file is called. In Fedora it's "grub.conf" but it might be "menu.lst" Whatever it's called it lives in /boot/grub.

Within Linux - swap to "root" (i.e open a terminal and enter "su", then type in Root's password.) Careful - you are now all powerful! Use your favorite text editor (I love gedit but each to his own), open the grub menu file (grub.conf or menu.lst) and add the following three lines to the end of the file: (or make sure the Windows entry reads like it) Change the hd1,0 if that's not where ME lives (but I'll be surprised)

title Windows ME
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

Good luck

Old 03-30-2008, 07:46 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by John-in-France View Post
Change the hd1,0 if that's not where ME lives (but I'll be surprised)
Normally Windows will install in the first primary partition of the first drive set to boot in the bios, and because grub counts from 0, it normally would be hd0,0.
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Alright, thanks a bunch. It actually was hda0, 0, instead of hda1, 0.


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