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Old 10-07-2005, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Problem with booting Redhat 9 & XP Pro together

I'm having trouble with dual-booting RH 9 & Microsoft XP Pro. I installed RH with no problem, however, I can't get LILO or GRUB to act as the boot menu (the XP boot menu was unaltered). Also, after installing RH I can't boot Windows due to an error in finding windows/system32/hal.dll.

Boot menu system (on MBR):

Dos (points to HD1)(Tried to delete, but am not sure if it is gone)
Redhat (points to HD3)
XPPro (points to HD)

Computer Setup:

AMD Semperon 2800
512M RAM
130GB Seagate: HD1=empty(will be DOS)
. HD2=XP Pro (extended)
. HD5=XP Pro
. HD3=/
. HD4=/swap
. (Empty)
3 1/4 Floppy: none (trying to get one)
nVidia 6200 (have drivers, will add later)


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Old 10-08-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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What exactly happens with your system when it boot....

Do u see those normal BIOS startup procedures and
then find a message hall.dll missing?

Did u check your bootloader configuration and followed the default settings for it during installation?

May be there's one solution but I am not 100% sure of it.

Just search for "Restoring GRUB" like threads in this forum. That should help you out!
Old 10-08-2005, 03:53 PM   #3
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I see the normal boot procedure when my computer starts.

However, something that I forgot to mention earlier is that I already was "dual" booting XP. The extended partition is a segment that was inserted by skinning program(can't remember the name), so as to give me the option of a different boot screen for the same copy of XP. It worked through adding an option to the Microsoft boot menu. I still see this setup when I boot up. When I select either one of the options, it gives me the error that I mentioned earlier.

I tried reinstalling RH several times so as to change around the config, what I showed you was my (hopefully) current config.

I shall look around for threads on restoring GRUB.



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