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Old 06-20-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy Win2000 Will NOT dual boot w/ FC2

Hi Fellow Linux Users
I have a dual boot machine w/ Win2000 and FC2 installed on sep. drives. During the boot, when win2000 is selected in the Grub window, Windows will not load. The following command(s) appears:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Now, from research on the web, i've found that a command that may resolve this problem @ red hat
(just add www. to above line to get link)

rather than me re-installing both OS'a and experienceing the same problem. I'm a newbie so i'm not sure where to enter this command line: sfdisk -d /dev/hda/ | sfdisk --no-reread -H255 ^/dev/hda . I entered the first 1/2 of the command (sf disk -d /dev/ha) through terminal as root and got a "command not recognized". So i assume i either have to edit the grub OS selection screen or run the Linux rescue disk which i only have for FC1 and will not run on FC2. SO could someone please enlighten me as i am a newbie as to where i would do all the above? May get a FC2 rescue disk off internet? ANY HELP APPRECIATED especially if i don't have to reinatll everything again.

Last edited by Delarama; 06-20-2004 at 10:43 AM.
Old 06-20-2004, 11:54 AM   #2
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Well you can get the fc2 rescuecd from just about anywhere that has a mirror of fc2:

Ive tried to work out why my windows 2000 seems to be different to all the rest of yours, since it worked ok straight after the install of fc2, and i think its because i did something wise many years ago and seperated out the boot partion from the os partition. I use a single fat16 partition for dos and bootloaders and use a seperate extended partition for win2k and a few for the linux stuff.

But as for getting both to run on single partitions, maybe you could use the ntldr to call the grub loader, but the insteructions on how to do it are fairly hard and maybe beyond a newbie level.

Try the rescuecd method then if not you can try the others.
Old 06-20-2004, 12:41 PM   #3
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I have FC2 dualbooting happily with both XP on my laptop, 2K3 server, 2K server and 2000 on other machines, as I am in the process of convering everything to linux, but keep needing to do things with micro$haft for the mo anyway.

There are easy ways and hard ways to make FC2 dualboot: It's reasonably easy if you have your / and /boot partitions on the same disk as your windows partition, the grub bootloader setup in the FC2 install should recognise an OS marked 'other', and will quite happily be setup to chainload the 2k. I do advise reading the grub website as it explains everything quite well. You may have to do an Fdisk /mbr if you accidently wiped out he MS bootloader when you put Grub on it. If the MS bootloader is in the MBR, you need to put grub somewhere else. Moral of the story, always make boot floppies for everything.
Old 06-20-2004, 01:44 PM   #4
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Your problem appears to have been discussed at: []
With the original document at []

sfdisk is a program for altering the hard-disk partition tables.
If it can't find the program under linux, you are either trying to run it as a non-root user, or you actually don't have it, in which case there is probably a download somewhere, or an rpm on the fc2 cd's.


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