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Old 09-10-2004, 04:48 AM   #1
madrat
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grub booter problem "error 18"


Hi y'all

I have just returned home from a holiday to find my dual boot RH9/XP system unable to boot.

Instead it gives me this message:

[Minimal BASH-like line editong is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible commands blah blah .....]

Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS

grub>



....
....


I tried rebooting with the XP cd....but that wants to reinstall windows...

I would very much like to get it to how it was before with the nice GRUB dual boot facility????

I am sure it is something really small that I am missing... can anyone help???
 
Old 09-10-2004, 05:38 AM   #2
methuselah
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You have arrived at the grub prompt.

To start XP enter the following

grub> rootnoverify (hd0,0)

(I assume Wondows is on the first hard disk & the first partition?)

grub> makeactive

grub> chainloader+1

Grub> boot

This should get windows running.

What partition/drive is your linux installation on?

You probably need to reinstall grub, have a look at http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue64/kohli.html
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4622

Both give a pretty good background on grub

Good luck
 
Old 09-16-2004, 04:13 AM   #3
madrat
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Lightbulb Grub booting error cont...

Thanks for the advice on getting XP to load from the grub commandline console....

My machine is dual boot RH9 and XP...

Can I use the same method as XP to boot linux??

And if so what is the sequence of commands??




P.S. To load XP I used the commands:

grub> rootnoverify (hd0,0)

grub> makeactive

grub> chainloader +1

grub> boot
 
Old 09-16-2004, 08:34 AM   #4
methuselah
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Hi, glad you could get XP up and running, to boot Linux I need to know which partition you have it installed on, do you only have the one HDD, if so how did you partition it for Linux? I see you're running RH 9, so if you used the standard installation it will have set up a small boot partition, a swap file and a linux partition, if you can give me the above, I can let you know how to boot the thing. Have a look at the articles in my other post, they are quite helpful.
 
  


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