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Old 2nd February 2011, 11:49 PM
GanJa Offline
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Help Dual-Booting Fedora 14 & Win XP!

Hello everyone.

I'm currently facing a problem which it seems i cannot solve without any help.

So. I was using Fedora 14 without any other OS installed. That was until i realised
i need After Effects because AE 6.5 under wine does not cover my needs.

I installed win XP. Everything's OK so far. Next step, installed Fedora 14. Also, it
went OK. I reboot`d the system and i was presented the "mini-shell GRUB Bootloader
terminal". Since i don't know anything about GRUB nor i am an HDD Expert i did nothing.
But, i used the "System Rescue CD" and chose the "Boot an existing LINUX 32-bit OS".
Fedora did load and i'm writing this post from within fedora. The setup i used during
Fedora installation is the following.

swap - 3072MB (ext4)
/boot - 200MB (ext3)
root - All the remaining available space.
LVM - 1MB (it was created for me automatically after i created the root dir)
When i was presented with the bootloader options i chose to "install bootloader
on first sector of boot partition" (something like this i don't remember it) and i did
NOT choose "install on MBR" (again i dont remember the exact phrase).

The HDD partitions i created have these properties according to "disk utility".

  • Usage: Filesystem
  • Partition Type: Linux (0x83)
  • Partiton Flags: Bootable
  • Device: /dev/sdb2
  • Mount Point: mounted at /boot

  • Usage: Swap Space
  • Partition Type: Linux (0x82)
  • Partition Flags: -
  • Device: /dev/sdb3

  • Usage: Filesystem
  • Partition Type: Linux (0x83)
  • Partition Flags: -
  • Device: /dev/sdb5
  • Mount Point: Mounted at "/"


There is another entry in "Disk Utility" which is labeled "Extended" and has
these properties..
  • Usage: Container for Logical Partitions
  • Partition Type: Extended (0x05)
  • Partition Flags: -
  • Device: /dev/sdb4


I'm providing these info because i know it will be easier for any kind person
out there to help me properly. Also, the /boot/grub/menu.lst file is as follows..

# 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 (hd0,1)
#          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sdb5
#          initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img
title Fedora (
	root (hd0,1)
	kernel /vmlinuz- ro root=UUID=78ab19c3-6aad-4273-afbe-1a0fcd67b8a0 rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
	initrd /initramfs-
title Other
	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
	chainloader +1
P.S: USB Sticks are not detected on fedora.
P.P.S: Sound is not working on fedora.
P.P.P.S: Both of the above were working when i was using JUST Fedora on its own. I'm
really considering re-installing fedora since it seems something went bad on the installation.
I have done over 6 reinstalls of Fedora & Windows just to manage being able to dual-boot
so it won't really be a problem for me.

"Thank You" goes to everyone that will read this long post
and to anyone that will do help me.


Last edited by GanJa; 3rd February 2011 at 12:15 AM.
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