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Re: Dual Boot Problem



On 6/14/05, Jim Cornette <fc-cornette insight rr com> wrote:
> Jessie Veltman wrote:
> 
> >On 6/14/05, Jim Cornette <fc-cornette insight rr com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>Jessica L. Veltman wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>>>Try booting with a Windows XP CD and running 'fixmbr' in the recovery
> >>>>console.  That removes any instances of GRUB from the MBR.  I had this
> >>>>same problem, and after I did that and re-installed Fedora, GRUB
> >>>>re-installed itself to the MBR, and it worked fine.
> >>>>
> >>>>Let me know if you do that and it doesn't work, or if it does for that
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
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> >>>I tried doing all of that, but the results were the same. After the
> >>>installation restarted, my computer booted straight into Windows again.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>Grub comes up using a hidden menu feature by default. The timing is set
> >>to 3 seconds or something low. When XP is set as the default boot loader
> >>and you have a quck booting computer with a CRT monitor, you do not see
> >>the grub screen at all. Try hitting a space bar during your computer
> >>booting. This should display the hidden menu.
> >>
> >>It sounds like grub should have installed correctly. I do remember an
> >>instance during development where I could not get a bootloader to
> >>install or work. This was on a computer with Phoenix BIOS. I only tried
> >>the install once on this computer and set it aside. This might be some
> >>grub boot loader problem with the version of grub on FC4. I believe
> >>there are bug reports filed on this issue. I am not sure the bugs were
> >>worked out or are still open. Try searching Bugzilla for grub problems
> >>related to not installing as intended.
> >>
> >>Jim
> >>
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> >>
> >I actually have fedora set as the default, and I have an LCD monitor.
> >I tried it anyway and it just came up with a windows boot choice
> >screen, not grub. There is nothing in Bugzilla that I could fine but I
> >will put it in as a bug. It would be really nice to get this solved :)
> >Thanks for the help
> >
> >
> >
> 
> I see the bug that you entered. Bug # 160396
> 
> I'll check the computer that failed during a test with FC4T2 to see if
> it still fails to install grub, even boting from the rescue disc,
> chrooting to /mnt/sysimage, then running grub-install /dev/hda and
> rebooting.
> 
> Not being able to boot the install afterwards does lead to shelving the
> installation attempt.
> 
> I suppose that you tried to boot into rescue mode by typing "linux
> rescue" using disc 1. Then when the installation is detected and mounted
> as /mnt/sysimage you typed "chroot /mnt/sysimage". After your system
> chrooted the installation, you could run "grub-install /dev/hda" and
> then reboot.
> 
> If that fails, you can get back into the rescue environment, chroot
> /mnt/sysimage, then mount the disc from fc3 which contains the older
> version of grub, insert the CD, then mount the CD and change to the
> directory which contains the FC3 version of grub. Install the older
> package with rpm using the below:
> rpm -Uvh grub*.rpm --oldpackage
>  After the older version of grub is installed, try the "grub-install
> /dev/hda" again and reboot. If the system does not come up with the
> older grub version, I have no idea as how to correct the bootloader
> problem.
> 
> Good Luck!
> 
> Jim
>

I just tried "grub-install /dev/hda", but no luck. It gave me the
error "/dev/hdb1 does not have any corresponding BIOS drive". The only
thing I can think of is that this is somehow related to the fact that
I have a SATA drive on my system. I'm a crazy geek who has 4 hard
drives running, 3 IDE and 1 SATA. Both Windows and Fedora are on IDE
drives though, so I'm not sure whats going on.


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