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Old 08-27-2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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Booting Fedora from the Windows Boot Loader

Hi All - I'm a when it comes to Linux (I need to install it for school) so any help would be greatly appreciated!

So my problem is this: I want to multiboot my system (I current have installed WindowsXP and Windows 2003 Server on one disk)

and I want to install Fedora (core 2) on a second disk but I _HAVE_ to use the Windows Boot Manager.

My drives are setup like this: (add an http:/ in front of that - I have less than 5 posts so it won't let me post URL's )
/dev/hda1/ = WindowsXP
/dev/hda5/ = Windows 2003 Server
/dev/hdb# = Linux partitions

As you can see, I'm trying to keep the Windows and Linux partitions on seperate discs. So I can install Fedora and everything runs perfect. I installed Grub onto the first section (I don't know if thats the correct terminology, but basically I'm trying to say that I DIDN'T install grub into the MBR). I boot up into Fedora and do the "dd if=\dev\hdb1 of=boot.lnx bs=512 count=1" and then put "c:\boot.lnx="Fedora"" into windows boot.ini (after copying boot.lnx to c:\, of course).

Also please note that those commands I typed out in the above paragraph were off the top of my head. I MIGHT have typed them wrong here, but I'm positive they're correct when I was actually doing it because I had a tutorial walking me through it. So please don't reply with a "Dude, your commands are incorrectly typed!!"

So basically my problem is when I try to boot into Fedora. I get basically a frozen screen with the word "GRUB" in the corner. Windows XP and Windows 2003 boot perfectly from the bootloader, but Fedora is a no-go.

The strange part is that I had Red Hat 9 installed with this exact setup and it worked perfectly.

I'm not exactly sure how to troubleshoot this, but any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Old 08-27-2004, 08:47 AM   #2
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NTLDR does not like Fedora Core 2 at all. Your best option is to load GRUB into the MBR and u can do that after the install. And my personal opinion is GRUB is better than NTLDR. And have you thought about VMARE for your window OS. Its free for Linux( I believe).
Old 08-27-2004, 09:10 AM   #3
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Ok so how easy is it to edit Grub options (ie - operating systems that are able to be boot)?

I frequently have to format one or both of my windows partitions and I liked the windows boot loader because it's so easy to edit.

So basically now my questions are:
1. If I install Grub into the MBR, how can I revert back to the windows boot loader if needed?
I know bootup with a Dos disk and do a "fdisk /mbr" to clear the MBR, but then then nothing would boot. How could I get Windows to restore it's boot loader if I can't get into it?

2. If I format a partition or need to change the Grub settings, how can that be accomplished? Is it easy to do?

3. Is Linux needed in order to Grub to work, or can I have a system with only Windows working with Grub?

Again, any help would be appreciated. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this whole linux thing....
Old 09-13-2004, 01:37 PM   #4
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A solution

Ok if you want to double boot or triple boot using the Windows Boot Loader, all you need to do is head over to my website and find my Dual Boot tutorial.

Even easier click on this link.


Old 09-15-2004, 03:09 PM   #5
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You have thought of this, I know -- but you could just boot Linux from a floppy, leaving your Windows stuff right out of it. When you uninstall Linux after your course, everything would be just as it was before you installed. Why mess with your existing bootloader unless this is a permenent setup?

Good luck!


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