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  1. #1
    Enchilada Guest

    Vista/Fedora dual boot

    I installed Fedora onto one of the partitions on my hard drive. But now when I select "other" from the Fedora Menu at start up, to boot into Vista it says, "Missing BOOTMGR". I tried to do a start up repair with the Vista installation disk but it didn't work.

    my system specs are: eMachines Model # T5088
    pent. 4 processor
    512 MB ram

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    Hello Enchilada,

    That happens often. Don't try any more repair things for now. Take a moment to post the results of these terminal commands in Fedora...
    Code:
    su
    cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
    /sbin/fdisk -l

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    Enchilada Guest
    I haven't used Terminal much before, how do I use the terminal cammands?

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    Enchilada Guest
    OK I figured it out...........Here are the results for the terminal commands



    Password:
    [root@localhost dan]# cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    # root (hd0,2)
    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
    # initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/sda
    default=0
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,2)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora (2.6.25-14.fc9.i686)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=12bc4473-bfb0-40d5-a544-41b7610841cf rhgb quiet
    initrd /initrd-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686.img
    title Other
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    [root@localhost dan]#






    /sbin/fdisk: invalid option -- '1'

    Usage: fdisk [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK Change partition table
    fdisk -l [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK List partition table(s)
    fdisk -s PARTITION Give partition size(s) in blocks
    fdisk -v Give fdisk version
    Here DISK is something like /dev/hdb or /dev/sda
    and PARTITION is something like /dev/hda7
    -u: give Start and End in sector (instead of cylinder) units
    -b 2048: (for certain MO disks) use 2048-byte sectors
    [root@localhost dan]#

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    That fdisk option is a lower case L. Not a number one. It's hard to tell the difference in some fonts. Try again and post that, too.

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    Enchilada Guest
    Ok here go's again...


    Password:
    [root@localhost dan]# cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    # root (hd0,2)
    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
    # initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/sda
    default=0
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,2)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora (2.6.25-14.fc9.i686)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=12bc4473-bfb0-40d5-a544-41b7610841cf rhgb quiet
    initrd /initrd-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686.img
    title Other
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    [root@localhost dan]#





    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x18117ff0

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 1094 8785920 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 * 1095 16392 122880000 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 16393 16417 200812+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 16418 19457 24418800 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 16418 19457 24418768+ 8e Linux LVM

    Disk /dev/dm-0: 23.9 GB, 23924310016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2908 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table

    Disk /dev/dm-1: 1040 MB, 1040187392 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 126 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x30307800

    Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn't contain a valid partition table
    [root@localhost dan]#

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    Try opening the file /boot/grub/grub.conf with a text editor like this...
    Code:
    su
    gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf
    Change the "Other" section here...
    Code:
    title Other
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    ...to this...
    Code:
    title Vista
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader +1
    Save the file and close gedit. Reboot and see if that helps any.

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    Enchilada Guest
    I did what you suggested and it did not work.....................I still get the "missing BOOTMGR" messege.

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    Well (hd0,0) and (hd0,1) are the only two possibilites for Windows according to your fdisk. If neither of those work, then something really bad has happened. But first, to be thorough, post your new grub.conf one more time.

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    Enchilada Guest
    OK, here's the new grub.conf...


    cat: /boot/grub.conf: No such file or directory
    [root@localhost dan]# cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    # root (hd0,2)
    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
    # initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/sda
    default=0
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,2)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora (2.6.25-14.fc9.i686)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=12bc4473-bfb0-40d5-a544-41b7610841cf rhgb quiet
    initrd /initrd-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686.img
    title Vista
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    [root@localhost dan]#

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    Enchilada Guest
    shoot, I left off one of the characters while I was in text editor...........let me fix it and post pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enchilada
    title Vista
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    You only changed the title command. Go back to my original suggestion and study it carefully. You need to change the rootnoverify command. I only did the title command change to make your menu look nice. It's the rootnoverify command that is causing your trouble.

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    Enchilada Guest
    Yes, I realize what I did wrong.......................I fixed it the way you suggested and I can now boot into Vista....................................thank you kindly, Stoat

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