I read some posts about a bug in FC2 that corrupts the partition table and makes it impossible to dual-boot into Windows XP and FC2. I don't understand the technical details sufficiently to judge whether this bug would affect a planned install of FC2 on my system. Perhaps someone can help me with this.
On my first HDD, I have Windows XP in two partitions, hda1 (vfat) and hda2 (nfts). On my second HDD, I have several different Linux distros in separate partitions. The boot loader is the lilo of Xandros OS which resides in the MBR of hda; from the Xandros lilo boot menu I can boot into Windows XP or any of the Linux distros.
I would like now to install FC2 in hdb1 (which is a primary bootable partition) and boot it through the Xandros lilo as I do for the other Linux distros. Xandros itself resides on hdb3. The swap partition is hdb6.
Questions: Will the FC2 installer give me the option NOT to install the FC2 GRUB in the MBR (where it would replace the Xandros lilo and possibly ruin the partition table)? If I proceed in this fashion (i.e. not writing the FC2 GRUB to the MBR but merely to /boot of the FC2 partition), will this bug still cause trouble with the partition table, or will I be safe? I.e. is there a way to install FC2 in a multi-boot system without it corrupting the partition table?
Many thanks in advance.