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Old 02-19-2003, 05:19 AM   #1
lgabrees
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Unhappy Dual Boot Problem


I've installed windows XP and Red Hat 8.0 on my harddisk and selected GRUB to write to the MBR (with windows as default).
After installing everything I restarted in the hope to see the GUI of the bootloader appear, but no.... Grub doesn't even start and the system just boots windows XP normally.. I've also tried LILO but the same thing happens.

Next thing I tried to boot linux up from a bootdisk. This brought me into a shell in wich I can't do anything. The only thing I can think about is that the problem is connected to the XP NTFS.

So now I've got red hat 8 on my harddisk but I can't reach it. I wonder what I'm doing wrong... Does anyone know what I can do about all of this ?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-19-2003, 11:45 AM   #2
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just a suggestion...

make sure that you installed GRUB on the MBR of the first hard drive (the one with Windows XP on it) and not the boot sector of the second drive. When installing and partitioning RH, you're given the option of which to use. If you chose the boot sector of the second drive, you would have a problem similar to what you're seeing.
 
Old 02-20-2003, 03:41 AM   #3
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S/he didn't say anything about two drives, did s/he? Did sound kind of like Windows and Linux were on the same partition of one drive though. *g* Or did I miss other, related threads where lgabrees mentioned dual-disks?

I'm sure I can't help but to help you get help, what do you mean by not being able to "do anything" at the shell? You should be able to do everything from the command line (almost). So detailing what happens there might help. And describing the size and type of your drive and partition layout (20 gig, 80 gig; IDE, SCSI; Linux in the first of three, second of four) would help. If you can get to fstab from the command line (which I guess you can't) posting that. Things like that. And what the partition was before - you say XP is on NTFS - was the whole drive like that? What do Windows diagnostics say about the drive and partitions? What does BIOS say when you interrupt the boot to check it out? Etc.
 
  


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