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Old 03-02-2007, 05:37 AM   #1
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Smile Redhat Enterprise AS4 and Winxp Dual booting on single driver

i have installed Winxp Prof on a single drive. I have made a partition of 6GB for Linux installation. During the linux installation i choose to install the boot loader on first partition on boot i.e. /dev/hda7( the boot partition). Everything in the installation went good. But when the system rebooted it went directly to Winxp without showing me the multi OS boot options. Can anyone help me out.
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I once had a similar problem where i had installed my boot loader to /dev/hda4 but my pc continued to boot xp /dev/hda1. the problem was i had not set /dev/hda4 as bootable. I fixed it by loading a boot cd (slackware install cd1) and running the command cfdisk. I then set hda4 as bootable (and removed the bootable flag from the xp partition), write, exit and reboot into lilo.

hope that helps


(if not you may be better to load the bootloader into the mbr, but as always read the man page before altering anything, i.e. man cfdisk before actually using cfdisk)

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Old 03-02-2007, 05:53 AM   #3
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You should have installed the boot loader in the first sector of hda (MBR). Now there is nothing to tell your boot loader in the first sector of /boot to bring up the kernel. Windows has an entry in the MBR and that's why it boots, it will not boot Linux when Linux is installed after it.
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its working fine.

Hello ,
I tried doing the process as said by you and it worked. thanks a lot for helping me out.


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