New FC3 Install for Dual Boot w/ WinXP Fails After BIOS
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  1. #1
    talkingtree Guest

    New FC3 Install for Dual Boot w/ WinXP Fails After BIOS

    New install of FC3 final build from DVD iso to Dell 8600 Inspiron laptop with Windows XP SP2 on hda2 and 12.5 MB free space.

    Configured Windows as default OS during FC3 install and set boot password option for grub. FC3 installed to the free space with: 1GB Swap, 4.5 GB /, 2GB /opt, 2GB /home, 2GB /usr/local. No problems.

    Machine will not boot past BIOS display. Autoreboots, displays BIOS, Autoreboot, display BIOS, etc, etc... Does not even get to visualization of grub splash screen.

    Loaded Knopppix 3.3 from boot CD and file system for WinXP and FC3 appear intact.

    This is not the same hard disk geometry problem as was in FC2. I went through that painful process last May and know that one well.

    Any help appreciated. Thank you.

  2. #2
    talkingtree Guest
    More information:


    /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 do not have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
    # root (hd0,4)
    # kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda5
    # initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/hda
    default=1
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,4)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    password --md5 $1$NXG3B1/H$R7cS/REM8ngkrOmtXOyno/
    title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667)
    root (hd0,4)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
    title Windows XP
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader +1


    /boot/devices.map
    ------------------------------------------
    # this device map was generated by anaconda
    (fd0) /dev/fd0
    (hd0) /dev/hda



    fdisk -l
    --------------------------------------------

    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 4864 39070048+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

    Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
    /dev/hda2 * 7 2875 23045242+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda3 4407 4863 3670852+ db CP/M / CTOS / ...
    /dev/hda4 2876 4406 12297757+ 5 Extended
    /dev/hda5 2876 3492 4956021 83 Linux
    /dev/hda6 3493 3753 2096451 83 Linux
    /dev/hda7 3754 4014 2096451 83 Linux
    /dev/hda8 4015 4275 2096451 83 Linux
    /dev/hda9 4276 4406 1052226 82 Linux swap

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

  3. #3
    taylor65 Guest
    If you had FC2 on this machine, and had the dual boot problem, like I did, you may have to do what I did. I had to restore Windows XP first to restore the original settings on the disk, then install FC3. When I tried just installing FC3, the dual boot still didn't work.

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    Just curious - what's that password line about?
    Here's my dual boot grub.conf to compare to:

    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
    # root (hd0,5)
    # kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda6
    # initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/hda
    default=1
    timeout=7 (** I added two seconds, 'cause I'm slow on the draw **)
    splashimage=(hd0,5)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora Core (2.6.9-1.667)
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
    title Windows XP
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
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  5. #5
    talkingtree Guest
    This is the first time this laptop has seen Linux. I experienced the FC2 hda geometry problem on a different machine.

    Thanks

  6. #6
    talkingtree Guest
    The password line is written if you chose to have a grub password during the installation process. If you chose this option then in order to edit the boot arguments in grub stage 2 you'll need to enter the password first.

    The machine does not get to grub stage 2. The BIOS comes up, then it restarts and the BIOS comes up, etc.., etc...

  7. #7
    talkingtree Guest
    ***************************
    SOLUTION
    ***************************

    The symptoms for this problem in FC3 were different from the symptoms with the FC2 Dual Boot issue. In FC2 I got the grub menu, but got Disk Read Error when booting Windows. In FC3 I was endlessly rebooting after the BIOS screen.

    However, it turns out that the solution for FC2 worked with my FC3 install. On a whim, I reinstalled FC3 choosing exactly the same install options, but this time I started the install by specifying the hard disk geometry garnered from the fdisk -l /dev/hda output:

    Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    At the boot prompt for FC3 installation, I just entered "linux /dev/hda=4864,255,63" and once the installation completed I was able to boot both Windows XP and FC3 successfully.

    This problem was reported to be fixed in FC3, but it is very apparent to me that it is not.

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