View Full Version : dual booting XP and Fedora with grub
9th October 2004, 06:35 PM
I saw many threads in different forums very much resembling me problem, but I think none had done what I did..
I have 2 hdds
The Primary master is with Windows XP
I installed Fedora on the Secondary Master and setup grub to be on the same hdd
Then in my BIOS I set the boot device to HDD-1 instead of HDD-0
All looks good but when I reboot it gives me 'error loading operating system' or something..
Do you have any suggestions?
My windows is intact, I can boot it by setting in the BIOS the boot device to HDD-0
I can also boot linux from the emergency disc..
9th October 2004, 08:31 PM
Did you write the mbr to the partition with grub on it? Even if you did and you installed windows after you installed fedora windows will take it back over. First can you successfully boot into windows if you change your bios settings? Secondly you might want to rewrite your mbr to the grub partition, you can do so with either fdisk or cfdisk, I am new to fedora but I would hope these tools are included in the rescue mode of the installer. If I am completely off as to your problem be a bit more descriptive and I'll see if I can still help. (I'm running the same setup by the way)
9th October 2004, 09:03 PM
fdisk and/or cfdisk will not write GRUB to the MBR - GRUB itself will do this. Those programs deal with the partitions on the hard-disks.
I don't have the info handy, but it's been posted here a couple of times and also at http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/html_node/Installing-GRUB-using-grub-install.html#Installing%20GRUB%20using%20grub-install
10th October 2004, 05:39 AM
No those programs will not write grub to mbr but will write mbr to a partition, which if grub has already been setup that should be all that is needed.
10th October 2004, 10:23 AM
one suggestion, you can swap your hd's, make xp slave and fc2 primary this way you can set your bios to boot from hda1 and reinstall fc2 if you want!
and dont worry will teach you how to edit the grub.conf so you can access xp :D
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