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Old 05-09-2007, 04:14 AM   #1
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Setting up Fedora2 Dual boot with Windows XP

I am very very newbie to Linux and everything about it. I am in a Linux class at school. We are messing with Fedora2(yes I know its old but came with the book).. Anyways, I had cleared up 25gb on my Hard drive and made it unallocated space... booted into Linux and installed it to that partition which is now VFAT... Problem is, my teacher told us in class that if we dont want Linux to be in control over windows, to stick with NTLoader as the choice boot loader. He said we are to install the GRUB boot loader but not on the MBR... just on the first partition or whatever(cant remember the exact name of the option)... I did that and the install was successful. I have WindowsXP on a partition that is NTFS, and Fedora2 on a partition that is VFAT. When I start my machine, Windows XP just boots up with no choice for an OS to select when I turn my PC on... I googled alot of stuff but everything talks about something called Lilo or it tells me how to modify the boot.ini but doesnt say exactly what line to put in it... Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 05-09-2007, 04:33 AM   #2
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I have always dual-booted my computers with Grub or Lilo so I don't know how to edit the Windows bootloader to include Linux on them. boot.ini is the correct file to edit atleast.

Check out the Gentoo-Wiki for more info.
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Anyone else know how?? or what line to put in boot.ini
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Never done it but this doesn't seem too complex:
Old 05-09-2007, 04:09 PM   #5
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Whenever I installed a dual boot system I always installed windows first then I install Linux. However Linux then takes over the NTloader with lilo or grub. You can change what loads automatically though at the start (forget where to do it :P). Id scrap the NTloader and stick with a linux one

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Here is how the home work should be done. All information (i.e. Tasks) in the last link of my signature.

Restore Grub in the Linux partition, using a Linux Live CD. Task B4 refers. You put Grub in the /boot partition of Fedora C2.

To use NTLDR to multi-boot a Linux Task E4 refers. Basically you use dd to copy the Grub's first 512 bytes you have just installed and place in in the "C" drive of Windows. Thereafter you edit boot.ini so that Windows' NTLDR boot loader would offer you to multi-boot.

Useful tip

Download latest Slax 6.0.0 and use it to edit files in ntfs partitions. With it you can edit Windows boot.ini directly from Linux without the need to unhide, edit and hide boot.ini as you will need to do in Windows. Normal Linux does not write on NTFS partitions unless extra software downloaded. New SLax does this seamlessly, mounts all the Windows partition and logs you in as root straight to the desktop.


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