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26th February 2006, 01:45 AM
I have windows XP on the main hard drive NTFS file system, installed a second hard drive.
Installed Fedora cord 5 T3 on the second hard drive, but can not get it to boot Fedora.
Any good utilities or tips for getting Fedora to run on a second hard drive.
I have tried boot part but hang's up during boot from XP.
26th February 2006, 02:02 AM
I was in the same situation. What I did was reboot and invoke the bios interface on my system. My system bios allows me to define the boot sequence, and to also manually override the boot sequence. I override the defined sequence to choose the second hard drive. It works like a charm (I am sending you this email from Fc5).
26th February 2006, 02:19 AM
(moved to FC5-Dev)
26th February 2006, 02:40 AM
I was thinking about the BIOS option, and your post made me try it.
When I boot from the second hard drive get the OS select menu.
But when I select Fedora I get the following: error 17: Cannot mount selected partition
Then if I select windows XP, I get this: error 13
Any thoughts on this?
Thanks for the quick reply
26th February 2006, 04:06 PM
Sorry, but on my system, I only have Fedora core4 installed on hdb (which is the default for boot), and Core5 which is installed on hda (which I boot by overriding the bios startup).
When I installed core5, I chose the option to not look at hdb.
I presume that is what you did.
27th February 2006, 10:28 AM
28th February 2006, 02:51 PM
I had this problem with FC4 and this may work for you. If not at least I tried ;)
There seems to be a problem when you partition your second drive using the default logical volumes and load FC on it. I personally use hda as the windows drive and hdb as my FC drive.
What I did was manually partition the drive using ext3 and did away with the logical volume setup. I did this by letting FC setup the default partitions then looked at how it wanted to allocate space. I then backed off and manually reconfigured the partitions using the same layout … without the logical volume setup.
After that, GRUB loaded fine and all was well in the world.
28th February 2006, 11:41 PM
The correct needed partitions would be,
hdb1 - ext3 /boot (where grub will reside) - 200 mb
hdb2 - lvm (pv/vg with 3 lv's - [/ mount for root, format ext3, a6 GB for all, 8GB for desktop], [/home mount for home, format ext3, as much as you need and / or make more lv's as needed on the vg with the graphical tool after install. ]
[/swap monut as swap no format (swap) , 1 or 2 GB.
At install time tell the installer to install grub on the mbr of hda. It will collect the Windows Xp into the grub menu.lst in /dev/hdb1/boot/grub which is where the FC5 kernel and initrd img and map is store "/dev/hdb1/boot", because the boot can not be inside the LVM for the inital main boot up because mbr doesn't understand LVM but grub does.
yes, I have done this. Curretly, on one machine, I have FC5 and Ubuntu 6.04 on hda and Elive .04 on hdb.
I screwed up when I install ubuntu and told the installer to install grub on the mbr of hda. This killed the link to FC5, but it picked up all the links to Elive on hdb. So I had to mount hda1 in ubuntu as
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/ubuntu
then as root
copy the FC5 titles out and put then into ubuntu under
and now all 3 distro are in the /dev/hda3/boot/grub/menu.lst
when I install the finals I will rember to only install the mbr on the first install and the change the hda1 grub list to bott the others. This is one way, there are 3 ways to do it,
I call what I have as manually chained backwards (grub .95 as of last year?)
which I will change to
manully chained forward (grub .97, supposablly),
adn a real chainloader link to each /boot partition (intheroy, allowing any distro to be removed and the one of the links updated to point 1 beyound where it pointed (forward or backwards)
But windows xp must be first and chinloader backwards in the first grub.
to make the "foreigh" titles work correctly the grub root is set and activated and the booted as
root (hd0,0) <---this is hda1 for hda3 it would be root (hd0,2), for hdb6 it would be root (hd1,5)
title fc5 ...line1
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