View Full Version : help with fedora 14 x86_64 install
2nd December 2010, 04:45 PM
I am trying to dual boot fedora 14 x86_64 with windows 7 x64. i want to use the windows bootloader in the MBR and don't want to replace it with GRUB. i did a fresh install which was successful and wrote the grub setup to the linux partition as per instructions at http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Fedora. When I boot into Fedora using the windows boot loader entry, I get a blank screen and the system hangs. Does anyone have experience with a similar setup (dual boot windows 7 and fedora using windows boot loader)?
13th December 2010, 11:50 PM
If you don't mind my asking, why don't you want the Grub boot loader? Curiosity has the best of me here, I'm sorry. You didn't by chance install windows after Linux, did you?
20th December 2010, 02:25 PM
Thanks for the reply. I usually upgrade my linux installation more frequently than windows. I had a bad experience once when using GRUB and I had reinstalled a newer version of a linux distro. GRUB got corrupted and I was not able to run anything.
20th December 2010, 04:03 PM
Okay I see. Well, I know you don't want grub but just for reading purposes you might want to see this:
I'm just saying, that's all.
20th December 2010, 04:50 PM
i did a fresh install which was successful and wrote the grub setup to the linux partition as per instructions at http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Fedora.Those instructions are not up-to-date....
Fedora is one of the operating systems out there that understands the needs of dual-booters and makes it easy to get things working. To this end, once you continue on to the next page in the Fedora setup process, you'll be asked where you'd like to install GRUB, Fedora's bootloader. On this page, just check the "Configure advanced boot loader options" box and press "Next" to continue. If you have entries other than "Fedora" in that list, you may want to remove them for a smoother dual-boot procedure later on.The "Configure advanced boot loader options" box went away many Fedora versions ago. It was replace by the "Change device" button. After clicking that button, a pop-up appears with an obvious choice for installing GRUB in the first sector of the boot partition. So, did you recognize that and do it that way? Otherwise, you may not have GRUB installed in the first sector of the Fedora boot partition. It's required for EasyBCD to work if you do that step in the "Linux" tab of "Add/Remove Entries" in EasyBCD.
If you did notice the change to the Anaconda layout and properly installed GRUB in the first sector of the Fedora boot partition, then maybe you are choosing the wrong partition in the "Linux" tab of "Add/Remove Entries" in EasyBCD. It's not that difficult for anybody to get partitions wrong.
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