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Old 07-27-2003, 04:31 AM   #1
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dual boot of windows xp and redhat 9!! HELP!!!!!!

ok, i have my computer and i installed linux on it. i (previous to the install of linux) had on it two hard drives. on the same channel, one master, one slave. the master had windows xp on it. i erased everthing on the slave hard drive and proceded to install Linux. it installed and worked perfectly. The only problem that i am having now is that i cant figure out how to confgure grub so that i can boot back into windows xp. in the GRUB menu it has two options, Linux and DOS. when i select DOS it doesnt do anything, displays three lines of text and sits there. I also had to make the linux hard drive master because otherwise it would boot directly into xp.

thanks in advance for any and all help!
Old 07-27-2003, 08:04 AM   #2
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Post your grub.conf file and you'll get some help. How and when did you make the Linux hard drive master? Do you mean you changed the jumpers on the hard drives? Was this before or after you installed Linux?
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i made the linux hard drive master before install, and i did change the jumpers on the drives. i will post the grub.conf file.
Old 07-27-2003, 04:20 PM   #4
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problem opening grub.conf file. when i double click it, it says there is no viewer capable of openig it. how am i supposed to post it?
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Open a console window and type:
more /boot/grub/grub.conf
Old 08-15-2003, 09:31 AM   #6
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I'm actually having the same problem, so I'm posting my grub.conf file here in the hopes that someone will point out what I'm doing wrong:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title DOS
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

Thanks for any help you can provide.
Old 08-15-2003, 09:45 AM   #7
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DO 1 thing switch the master and slave in the bios config 2 boot for xp and linux shud work ..... thats wat i do
Old 08-16-2003, 07:05 PM   #8
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Great, thanks. I can see how that would fix my problem.

Just for reference and in case anyone else wanders onto this thread from a Google search, I used the following article to fix up a dual boot system:


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