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Old 12-13-2001, 12:02 PM   #1
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Question Dual Boot: RH7.2/Win2K - I'm stuck

Preface: I'm fairly new to Linux, but not to UNIX. I've never been much of a PC hardware person - preferred Mac desktops and Sun and HP Servers)

I'm trying to setup a Dual Boot system RH7.2/Win2K. This is an Athalon sytem with ASUS MB and Promise ATA100 controller. Single Maxtor 20GB HD as primary master and CDROM as secondary master.

I have the following partitions:
1 - (HPFS/NTFS), size = 10,241,406 KB (Win2K)
2- (Fat32 LBA), size = 1,020,127 KB (fat 32)
3- (Linux native), size = 48,195 KB (/boot)
4- (Linux swap), size = 265,041 KB (swap)
5- (Linux native), size = 8,434,093 KB (RH7.2)
6- (DOS Fat12), size = 63,972 KB (???)

During installation, I selected for GRUB to be installed on the Linux partition (/boot I assume but do not know).

Everything seemed to go fine with the RH installation, but neither GRUB nor ntldr are coming up during boot and giving me OS choices to boot from - it just goes straight to Win2K.

What did I do wrong, and how do I fix it ...?

Thanks in advance!
Old 12-14-2001, 04:09 AM   #2
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you will have to setup the boot.ini in windows.

if you did not make a boot floppy, you do not have the boot sector file that ntldr needs.

I use grub to boot my laptop, it needs to be on the MBR.

type this into google search at

setup win2k boot linux
Old 12-14-2001, 09:07 AM   #3
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You need to decide whether you want GRUB or ntldr to start your systems; that loader occupies the MBR.

Most of the folks in this forum (myself included) prefer GRUB; however, it can easily be done with ntldr.

If you want to use ntldr, and presuming that you have a boot disk from which to start Linux, you can copy your boot sector to a floppy, then transfer it to your windoze system, make appropriate changes to your boot.ini file, and everything should work just fine. The details are in this HOWTO:

Good luck.


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