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Old 01-04-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
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RH9 keeps booting in kernel-2.4.20-8 while kernel-2.4.20-27.9 is installed


I installed Linux Redhat 9 (Shrike) off installation cd's.

Since I have two harddisks I decided to keep Windows XP on
one harddisk and install Linux on the other.

I thought I configured GRUB to give me a dual boot option.
It turned out XP keeps starting, without letting me choose.

Fortunalely I created a boot-disk at Linux installation which
allows me to boot in Linux. This is fine with me.

The actual problem is:

When I start the "Redhat Network Alert Notification Tool".

I told me I had to download upgraded packages. So I did. Now

this tool tells me this:

Tab "Critical Information"

it says:

Your system is currently running kernel-2.4.20-8, but then
newest installed kernel is kernel-2.4.20-27.9. It is recommended that you reboot at the first opportunity to test this new kernel.

I rebooted several times no effect, still kernel -2.4.20-8.

My channel is I386.

Please help.
Old 01-04-2004, 08:51 AM   #2
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if you boot using the floppy disk then the kernel image is loaded from the floppy, either create a floppy with the new kernel
/sbin/mkbootdisk --device=/dev/fd0 2.4.20-27.9
Or fix the bootloader, there's at least 2 ways you can do this but I suggest installing grub into the MBR. I'll assume your winxp is on /dev/hda, redhat on /dev/hdb, and bios is set to boot from C:, which is /dev/hda.
First backup your current MBR in case something bad happens
dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr.old bs=512 count=1
Then install grub into the MBR:
/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda
Lastly add this to your /boot/grub/grub.conf
title WindowsXP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
If that didnt work please give more details on your disk configuration, 'cus I assumed a few things.
Old 01-04-2004, 10:44 AM   #3
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Making another bootdisk as you suggested:

/sbin/mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 2.4.20-27.9

worked !!

Thanks a lot. The next step is to try to make it work with the bootloader.


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