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Old 06-08-2003, 11:56 AM   #1
ThexEndxResult
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problems with red hat


Ive been trying to set up a dual boot system with windows xp pro and red hat 7.3.

Heres what happens - I can get windows installed perfect and it works fine but whenever i try and install linux i get an error saying "ntldr is missing". I still get this error even if i install linux first and try and boot without windows even being installed yet. Ive tried using both the LILO and GRUB boot loaders and system commander but i still get the error.

I have a feeling this error has something to do with the mbr but if i try to format it i get another error saying "bad command or file name"

I have done this dual boot on another system and it worked fine and besides hardware the only difference was the first system was using fat32 and this one is using ntfs. COuld this be part of the problem?

If anyone has any idea it would be very much appreciated ive been trying to get this to work since friday afternoon.
 
Old 06-08-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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Are you letting it install GRUB to the MBR and are you trying to install Linux on preformatted NTFS. Let GRUB install on the MBR and use unallocated space on you your hard drive for auto partitioning.
 
Old 06-08-2003, 03:49 PM   #3
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Ok i installed xp on its own 85gig partition and made a second 10gig partition for 2000 and left the rest for linux to do what it wants. i decided to leave the fdisk mbr as a last resort if this doesnt work. i finished the xp install and am now installing linux but when i go to partition i get a mesage saying "Boot partition /boot may not meet booting constraints for your achitecture". i dont know what this means so i didnt go any further but what do i do now?
 
Old 06-08-2003, 09:18 PM   #4
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Ignore it...as long as this is not some old MB/bios you'll be fine.
 
Old 06-08-2003, 09:19 PM   #5
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BTW, back in the high school days I was in a band called End Result. Just FYI.
 
Old 06-08-2003, 10:13 PM   #6
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a note on windows dual booting:

you can install windows 2000 on a partition, and then install
win XP and select the Clean Install option and it will work itself out
and all be on 1 partition (windows works with windows this way)
that way you dont have to create seperate partitions for windws.
then you can install Linux and like Big Nate said, install GRUB to the MBR
and it will find your windows partition for you. When your system boots, you will
be given the option to load Linux or Windows, if you choose windows,
the windows boot manager comes up and you can select fomr that
windows XP or 2000.... End Result...2 partitions, 3 OSes. I once had
win98,2000,and XP on 1 drive and Red Hat on another. But
with windows you have to install in that order..(from oldest to newest) because windows wont let you install win 2K if you have
XP on it (atleast i havent figured out how nor care to do so).
 
  


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