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Mikha
1st March 2009, 07:36 PM
Hey all, I need to reformat my Windows partition, but I've never installed Windows after installing Linux, so I'm not sure how to reload GRUB after Windows overwrites the bootloader. Given my situation, I'm considering upgrading to F10, but the original release didn't play nicely with my ATI graphics card and wouldn't even let me install it.

So I have two questions: Does the recent F10 respin contain fixes for the ATI graphics card issues, and if not, how do I install GRUB and set it up after reinstalling Windows?

stoat
2nd March 2009, 03:01 AM
Does the recent F10 respin contain fixes for the ATI graphics card issues,...[?]Hello Mikha,

That one, I don't know. Sorry.




...how do I install GRUB and set it up after reinstalling Windows?There are several ways to do that depending on what disk(s) you have there. So the classic (and probably best) way is to boot with a Fedora DVD, and then... Choose "Rescue installed system".
Follow along until you reach the sh prompt.
Enter chroot /mnt/sysimage
Enter grub-install /dev/sda
Enter exit
Enter exitBut it can also be done with a LiveCD (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=214137) or the Super Grub Disk (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/).
NOTE: That Super Grub Disk link was busted at the time I wrote this. I'm sure it will come back.




I've never installed Windows after installing LinuxRegarding that, just remember that Windows (no matter which one) will require a compatible active primary partition for its boot loader files. The situation cannot be any other way at the time of installation. It's possible to get around that after installation, but Windows installers such as XP Setup will not proceed until they find or are allowed to create such a partition for the boot loader files. I only mentioned this because it's not hard to use up all of the primary partitions for Linux.

Mikha
2nd March 2009, 03:42 AM
Thanks a lot, stoat.