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Old 12-06-2004, 11:13 AM   #1
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Two drives... no boot possible

Hi all.

Following the suggestions from several responses to a thread I started last week I seem to have a problem, Huston!

I have two seperate hard drives: 1 contains Windoze XP - master drive and the second contains
Fedora Core 3 - slave drive.

I installed GRUB in the MBR of the primary drive containing Windows XP.
I created the following partitions on the second drive:
/boot /swap and /

When I reboot the PC after installing Linux all i get is a GRUB prompt and nothing else.
Nothing boots,, nothing happens.

I solved the issue by entering the command FIXMBR after booting off the Windows XP install disk.

So, what did I do wrong?

(PS: the primary drive containing Windoze is an "active partition. The secondary drive
containing Linux is an "inactive" partition which I received a warning about during the install
of Linux. However, the installation seems to have completed successfully)

Please advise.
Old 12-06-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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rgbrock1; it may have been the choice u made at install, the suggestion i followed was leave w alone just shrink & limit its size then install linux as primary boot. have not had any problem
since. about 1yr 1/2 ago. no hits no errors but still running!
Old 12-06-2004, 06:25 PM   #3
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guess there's something wrong with your grub config-file.
i don't know grub very well , but maybe post that file here for some grub-guru to take a look at it.

and your win-partition being marked as active is oke. it's only used by winthings.



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