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Old 10-13-2003, 08:04 PM   #16
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hmm, why is it that now grub makes it (hd1,0) ....

as for the fdisk listing, u didn't post anything about /dev/hda (your windows drive) and hopefully u just forgot to place that here (but no matter, it was in your other post)

try putting it back to rootnoverify (hd0,0)
then do a su - and then do grub-install /dev/hda and see if that works

also, as for switching drives whenever u want, that may be tedious, but if u want, just don't install a bootloader to your harddrive and just install one to a floppy, that way u can load windows automatically and whenever u need linux, just pop in the floppy
Old 10-13-2003, 10:05 PM   #17
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Originally posted by raging potato

D:/ for redhat.
C:/ for windows xp pro.
FYI - Linux dosen't use the MS-DOS way of drive assignment, meaning that there is no D:\ or C:\ drive in Linux. Also NTFS will not work as a file system for linux; it can't write to it. You should use something like ext3 as the filesystem (should be an option when you install Red Hat)
Old 10-13-2003, 10:41 PM   #18
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1.insert the winXP pro disk and go to repair mode
2.type "fixboot" and yes, then type "fixmbr" and yes (this will restart your mbr) you can access windows
4.insert the RH9 boot disk and through RH9, install lilo or grub

i beleive that will work... i'm having the same problems
Old 10-14-2003, 07:16 AM   #19
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"The unaimed arrow never misses".

This has been my philosophy as regards trying to get my PC to do the things I would like it to. I was beginning to think that I was a bad programmer in a previous life.

Formatted and reinstalled both operating systems, and now I boot redhat from a floppy. Yeah its a bit of a drag, but hey it works!

Thanks everyone for your time and especially your patience.
I am a terrible student.

Old 10-14-2003, 06:50 PM   #20
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""The unaimed arrow never misses."" = i like this quote

ya, always blame kharma

anyone, glad to see things worked out, have fun in linux
Old 10-14-2003, 07:28 PM   #21
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Old 10-31-2003, 04:35 PM   #22
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I have a similar situation, but you really didn't have to reinstall anything. The only thing you had to do is to change the boot order in your bios.
My system is pretty much like yours, only I have an ide drive with RH9 on it and a scsi drive with win2k.
Before I change the boot order in the bios, I couldn't boot into win2k anymore but booting off the scsi first would fix my problem.
This solution is not that convenient though and I am trying to figure out a way to add an entry in the win2k bootloader, but I don't know how.

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