Perhaps I can go ahead with the install and ignore the error message at the beginning. But I would like someone to explain to me what is happening, if possible, and how I might avoid any problems.
Would I be better off installing Fdora 16, provided i can find it at the Fedora site?
Problem installing Fedora 17 on dual boot system.
I had a windows 7/Fedora 14 installation on two disks: /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. I had used
Easy BCD to boot both using the Windows 7 boot loader.
I installed Fedora 7 frssh from the DVD on /dev/sdb, and at the only place I seemed to have a choice I picked putting grub in the first sector of /dev/sdb1 which is mounted as /boot.
But my system doesn't dual boot anymore.
When running Easy BCD, I had the choice of using grub (legacy) in which case I could specify its location as the first sector of /dev/sdb1.
But that doesn't work. There is on the disk a /boot/grub directory but it doesn't have anything in it except a splash screen. When I use this method, I just get the word
on the screen and nothing else happens.
Alternately, I could choose grub2. the direcotry /boot/grub2 contains a grub.cfg fille and some other files. the first time I did this, I got put in the grub program, and presumably I could setup grub that way, but the instructions from EASY BCD tell me to find /grub/stage1, but it doesn't appear to exist anywhere in the new Fedora 17.
More recently, I got a newer version of EASY BCD, but when I choose grub 2, it seems to think it is going to be in \D, which is wrong.
In the process of experimenting with this I managed to wipe out the Windows 7 choice for booting.
I managed to fix that, but I am at a loss at how to proceed.
Which grub should I be using? Adn where would grub.conf be?
Any advice would be appreciated.
I installed Fedoar 17, but I am having trouble booting it. While I figure what to do, I would like to boot somehow into my new system.
I found an old grub CD which brings up the grub interface.
Can anyone tell me what information I need to provide to boot my system using grub commands.
Using Fedora 17 Live, I found that I have a /boot/grub directory which only has a splashfile in it and a /boot/grub2 directory which has a whole bunch of things in it including a grub.cfg file. I don't have a gurb.conf file anywhere.
I can of course find the name of the kernal and any other files in /boot which are needed to boot.
So, what grub commands should I issue in order to boot?
Originally Posted by BBQdave
I guess the first thing would be to make sure Windows 7 is OK. If you need to restore your W7 system to proper working order, that would be the priority.
After a stable Windows 7, then install along side (in free space) Fedora 17 with your favorite media.
Windows 7 is booting okay, althgouh I did manage to screw it up somehow with eASY BCD while trying to use that program to set up dual boot. But I was able to restore booting using the Recovery DVD that came with the computer.
I am currently in trouble because I tried to install Fedora 17 with grub put in the first sector of /boot. I then expected to be able to use EASY BCD to program the Windows 7 boot loader to do the dual booting, but I can't get it to work.
One option would be for me to use Linux grub to dual boot, but that means writing to the MBR of the disk on which Windows 7 lies. I don't want to do that if Ican avoid it.
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Originally Posted by rockdoctor
And, if you want to preserve the WIndows bootloader in the mbr, then just install grub into your F17 partition when the installer offers you the option to select where grub should install itself.
I thought I did exactly that. But I can't get easyBCD to find grub in Fedora. See the above remarks for what is in /boot. I can't find the grub files I expect to find there.
I had a system with two disks /dev/sda and /dev/sdb with windows 7 on the first and Fedora 14 on the seecond.
I planned to install Fedora 17 on /dev/sdb using the exist partition, so I put grub in the first sector of /dev/sdb1 (/boot). I then planned as with my previous setup to use the Windows 7 bootloader to boot, but I haven't been able to get it to work. So I thought I would try again.
But I don't see how to put grub in the mbr of /dev/sda, which in the past has been the normal placement. It doesn't seem to be an available option. The choices seem to be the mbr of /dev/sdb or the first sector of /boot.
Do I have to tell the installer that I am installing in both /dev/sda and /dev/sdb?