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Old 07-13-2005, 06:45 PM   #1
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Dual Boot Problem

Hi there,
I have installed on my notebook WindowsXP, then I installed RHEL4, and they both where running currectly and the boot loader was fine.
When I installed the Novell Linux Desktop (Powered By SuSE), It broke the previous boot loader and suppling its own boot loader, now this is not the problem!
The problem is that the NLD crashed the GRUB boot loader, and now I am unable to boot the three Operating Systems, I can only boot now the WindowsXP and the NLD, were the RHEL4 can not be loaded.
It is there it hasnt been deleted or wiped off, but it can not be loaded.

Old 07-13-2005, 11:21 PM   #2
Pradeep Kashyap
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I am not familiar with SuSE. But let's try. Follow these steps.
1. Boot your system.
2. Enter your Redhat Linux 1st CD into CDROM.
3. Type the "Linux rescue" or select the rescue option if given. After wait sometime. it shows you some installation type progresses. At last you get a command-line prompt. there you need to enter following cmd.
A. chroot /mnt/sysImage Press Enter
B. grub -install /dev/hda(or the number of hard disk where the root partition is installed.)
Press Enter
C. exit
D. exit
E. reboot the system without cd.

if this not works remove the space from second command like this: grub-install /dev/hda.
I think this will help you.
Old 07-14-2005, 01:21 AM   #3
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Re: Dual Boot Problem

Originally posted by systemhackerz

What I would do is dowload GAG, a third part bootloader and follow it's directions to install on the MBR. All your bootable operating systems will be found........At least in my experience.
Old 07-14-2005, 06:54 PM   #4
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You can start up Suse.
Print the menu.lst - it is in /boot/grub

Then determine where your lost os is, in which partition....
Mount that partition.
Look in the /boot/grub of that partition how your os is started. (print it)
Edit in Yast your current menu.lst
Or edit it directly with kedit or so.
You can get the startup you need

Most distro's are acting this way.
They install their own grub and only make an entry for windows.
You can overcome this in the following way:
Make a copy from the boot sector to a flop
Make a print from \boot\grub\menu.lst

After the install you have 2 choices:
print the new menu.lst
start with the flop
edit your old menu.lst by adding the new start.
Reboot with the flop to see if you have done your typing well and make a test.
If so put your MBR back to the HD
edit your new menu.lst with the choices of the old one.

In this way you can add as many distro's as you want.
Keep however in mind that splashboots (graphs) like suse can only show a limited number
of entries.

Have a lot of fun

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Old 07-14-2005, 06:55 PM   #5
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Thanx guys,
I solved it in another way but thank u any way.
I mounted the /boot/ partition that belongs to RHEL4's, then I copied the contents of the /boot/grub/grub.conf that load the RHEL4
Then I pasted it into the /boot/grub/menu.lst
which is the Novell Linux Desktop's Boot Loader config file.
Now the 3 OS are working fine, my WindowsXP, RHEL4, and my NLD.
Thanx again.


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