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Old 09-07-2003, 01:12 PM   #1
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Red Hat Linux 9 and XP boot problem

Alright, well I got the linux red hat 9 iso from the website and decided to try it out, I loaded up the boot disk and began the installation, all was well until I came to the boot loader. I have a 40GB Ultra DMA HD when it asks me to add any other OS I put the Label as XP select the /hda1 and linux is on /hda2 when I get linux totally installed and reboot and get to the loader area and click XP to boot I get an error message containing something about chainloader +1, I was wondering if anyone knew even the slightest thing to help me out, also I used the linux partition and I was wondering since I'm using an XP os if I should partition with fdisk instead. Someone please help me and just so we all are on the same page I'm only 15 so I don't have years of knowledge

Old 09-07-2003, 01:27 PM   #2
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First, don't worry. As long as you still have your XP CD odds are you can reinstall your boot sector.

Second, write down the exact error message you get and copy it to this thread.

Third, it would be handy to know what your partition table looks like. Login as root and execute the following command:

# fdisk -l /dev/hda

Then post the output to this thread.

Happy day!
Old 09-07-2003, 01:41 PM   #3
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several questions:

First, you say you used the "linux partition". I presume this means you used the Linux disk manager (whatever Redhat provides) to partition off a section of your HD for linux.

Now, did you change the size of your existing XP partition to make room for this? (please say "no") or did you have either blank space on the HD or a partition that you didn't need that you turned into your linux space?

If the former case, your XP installation is in deep doo. IF the latter case, then we can get you straightened out.

Second, what bootloader? Grub or Lilo?

Third, what is the exact error message?
Old 09-07-2003, 01:51 PM   #4
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You say your only 15, so you don't know alot. I have found that their are many linux users 10-16 who have a great understanding of linux, an understanding I would like to have. I am just giving you a hard time. Glad you are part of the linux community, you will find the help you need.


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