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Old 05-12-2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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10.1 Dual Boot, 2 HDs, settings not saving

Hi again. I'm having another problem.

First, my setup: I have two hard drives installed on my computer. One (Master) has Windows ME (shudders) for my family... and the Slave has two partitions (first for my linux, second for Norton Ghost backup of the ME drive).

I used to have SuSE 9.1 on the slave under the linux partition. Decided I didn't like it, and installed Man"drake" 10.1 in the SuSE partition. Installation worked like a charm. My family goes to use the computer, and they keep getting bugged about starting linux or windows on the boot.

What happened with SuSE was that that screen would only appear when I chose in my BIOS settings to load with HDD-1. When loading HDD-0, it would load Windows flawlessly. Now, Mandrake somehow leaked onto my master Hard drive and is harassing people who want to simply use windows.

1) Is there any way I can have the booter stay contained on the slave drive? When I tell my BIOS to boot from slave, it starts up some console-looking prompt. (Sorry, forgot what it's called - starts with a "g").

2) I went into my system configs under Mandrake, and I changed settings in the bootloader to load with the Graphical interface, and instead set Windows as the default setting with 60 seconds delay instead of 10.

I said, Finish, it said it's installing. Done. Restart the computer, and no settings were changed, still 10 second delay, and linux was the default choice...

Is there a way to fix this under #1? and if not, then how in #2 do I get my settings to actually save?

Thanks a ton,
Old 05-12-2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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You probably have grub installed to the MBR of the first drive. I don't know about win ME, but WinXP has a tool called "fixmbr" that would take care of this. Then you'll want to make sure grub is configured to use 'hd2' for the system loader.
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You should install lilo in hda from the control center and set windows to defaults by editing /etc/lilo.conf

Hope this helps.
Old 05-12-2005, 11:58 PM   #4
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If you want to restore your C: drive's windows mbr...
Boot into win ME, then open a console, type:
fdisk /mbr
Info on this:

do this after you install lilo onto hd2.
Old 05-13-2005, 05:56 AM   #5
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...and how do I install lilo on hd2?

It's currently sending me to grub...

I tried to edit the lilo.config but it said I didn't have permission to edit it.

Unfortunately, doofus me - my eyes skipped over your bolded "after" since I didn't quite read what you said right....and my mom was getting impatient with having to fool around with the boot screen... I hate being a haha...

Is there someway I can install lilo on hd2 only and get there via grub? How about just an easy way to start mandrake through grub for the interim?

I hate windows...

Thanks again for your patience.


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