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    (Howto) I installed Fedora but it doesn't give me a choice to boot [insert OS here]!

    You'll need to download a live CD, such as System Rescue CD and boot it. Now you need to make a directory to mount your Fedora partition:
    mkdir /fedora
    Next, you need to mount your Fedora partition:
    mount -t auto DEVICE /fedora
    DEVICE is the device UNIX and UNIX-like kernels like Linux use to access your Fedora partition. If you remember what the /boot partition was when you partitioned your drive(s) when installing Fedora, use that. If you didn't make a /boot partition, use the / (root) partition. If your Fedora partition is on the second partition of the first IDE drive, it would be /dev/hda2. If it was on the third partition of the second drive, it would be /dev/hdb3. If you don't get this there's sure to be a little tutorial explaining it on Google or something.
    Now you need to edit GRUB's configuration file (if you mounted a /boot partition, remove the '/boot' part in the filepaths below):
    nano /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
    run_qtinyeditor /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
    vi /fedora/boot/grub/grub.conf
    whatever you perfer. (I perfer nano.)
    Your grub.conf should look something like:
    # 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 (hd1,0)
    #          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda2
    #          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
    title Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4)
       root (hd0,1)
       kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 ro root=/dev/hda2 rhgb quiet
       initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.img
    title Windows XP
       rootnoverify (hd0,0)
       chainloader +1
    Now, comment out (put a # in front of) the line "hiddenmenu" and change "timeout=NUMBER" to something really big like "timeout=99999999999999999999999999999999999999999 9999999999". If you want to boot in text mode, remove "rhgb" from the kernel line. If you want a 1280x1024 command prompt on tty devices, add vga=794 at the end of that line. Now save and exit your editor (Esc :wq on vi, Ctrl+X on nano). Last, reboot with:
    init 6
    and take the live CD out of your drive. If System Rescue CD hangs at something like "Stopping USB and PCI hotplugging systems...", just manually restart your computer by pressing the power button.
    Last edited by a thing; 31st May 2006 at 04:50 AM.

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    OnegaiNL Guest
    hmm I am at Core 4 now, If I download and upgrade to Core 5, can it be possible that it makes the Bootloader thing?

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