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Re: fedora-list Digest, Vol 15, Issue 210



> 
> Message: 16
> Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 21:47:31 +0100
> From: Paul Howarth <paul city-fan org>
> Subject: Re: dual drive bootup problem
> To: For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>
> Message-ID: <1116881251 4628 225 camel laurel intra city-fan org>
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> On Mon, 2005-05-23 at 14:47 -0400, Jim Li wrote:
> > hi,
> > i am having problems trying to get a dual drive bootup to work. i
> > check out the following link for help:
> > http://www.linuxforums.org/tutorials/1/tutorial-3573.html
> > and basically follow its instruction. my original config. is a dell
> > machine (optiplex pentium III) with windows2000 on the primary ide
> > drive (hda1). i want to add another (secondary) hard drive (hdb) to
> > the machine. so i took my fedora 3 installation disks and tried
> > installing them. i created three partitions + a swap ( /, /boot,
> > /home, swap).  i use the option of putting the mbr not to the primary
> > hard drive partition, hda1, which is my windows mbr, but a partition
> > on the secondary hard drive (hdb1 or /boot). after installing, i
> > reinsert disk1 to the cdrom to do a linux rescue, since the bootloader
> > at this point still only boots up window2000 only. after mounting
> > /mnt/sysimage which is hdb5 (the root dir, /), i mount /hda1 to
> > /mnt/sysimage/mnt/windows (a directory i created to mount the C:/
> > drive of windows). i did the following command: dd if=/dev/hdb1
> > (/boot) of=/mnt/sysimage/mnt/windows/linux.bin bs=512 count=1, (which
> > i believe is the mbr bootup image of fedora)... and basically move
> > this binary file to hda1 (or C: drive), mv linux.bin
> > /mnt/sysimage/mnt/windows. so after that i did an "exit" to reboot the
> > system. after rebooting, i got into windows and modified the boot.ini
> > file by adding one line at the end: c:\linux.bin="My Linux Partition".
> > so i reboot the machine again.. and at the bootloader menu, i select
> > the linux partition option. it brought up only one word "Grub"... and
> > the system stops and never continues. my question is: is it possible
> > that i did something wrong when i use fedora option to copy the mbr
> > image to /dev/hdb1 (/boot)? i really don't want to have lilo be my
> > dual bootloader 'cos that means i need to backup my windows stuff and
> > reinstall windows as a secondary and not primary drive.
> 
> You might find bootpart (http://www.winimage.com/bootpart.htm) an easier
> way of doing this. It runs under Windows and will (a) write out an
> appropriate boot sector file, and (b) edit your boot.ini accordingly.
> 
> Paul.
> --
> Paul Howarth <paul city-fan org>
> 

previously, i had problems getting a dual bootloader for linux and
window. the scenario is given above. i finally got my bootloader to
work. and i like to share with everyone in this community my long
(frustrating) but rewarding experience. my instruction to get this
done is accurate with one major flaw.  and paul howarth was kind
enought to recommend an alternative method that mirrors mine. the
major point that i originally miss is certain older bios can only
address the first 1024 cylinders of the first disk drive. so, if my
mbr, ie. grub or lilo, is located beyond the first 1024 cylinders or
on another hard disk... implementing my method or bootpart will not
work. i need to give thanks to this guy, Ed B. Park. after getting his
link:
http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux/index.html
via an internet search... i finally got my stuff to work. man, fedora
core is really way beyond my time... ie. i have been working with
redhat 7.1 for too long...
sincerely,
-jim


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