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Re: Adding FC5 to an XP computer -



On Fri, 2006-09-01 at 17:13 -0400, Bob Goodwin wrote:
> Bob Goodwin wrote:
> > Tim wrote:
> >> Just quoting the salient points:
> >>
> >> Bob Goodwin wrote:
> >>  
> >>>>> XP Home is already installed and I have no way to reinstall it, no 
> >>>>> o/s
> >>>>> CD's are provided.
> >>>>>         
> >>
> >>
> >> Tim:
> >>  
> >>>> If you want to keep the XP installation as-is, and the Linux 
> >>>> completely
> >>>> separate, I'd consider:
> >>>>      2. Modifying the XP bootloader menu so that *it* is used to boot
> >>>>         itself, or Linux.
> >>>>      3. Copying a file copy of the Linux bootblock onto the XP 
> >>>> drive for
> >>>>         that XP bootloader to work with.
> >>>>       
> >>
> >>
> >> Aaron Konstam:
> >>  
> >>> Thhis used to be the wqay to do it in the RedHat Linux days. But for a
> >>> long time under Fedora grub does the job without any extra effort.
> >>>     
> >>
> >> Ordinarily, I'd use GRUB to handle booting, too.  But the original
> >> poster mentioned not having any Windows install discs.  It seems prudent
> >> to avoid altering the Windows installation in that situation.
> >> Especially if one isn't familiar with fixing things up, after a problem,
> >> the hard way.
> >>   
> > Prudent or not, the installation is now running with Grub and boot on 
> > the mbr.
> >
> > If I break something I'll have to fix it somehow?
> >
> > So far things have gone smoothly, there was physical space for the drive
> > and I was able to set bios to recognize the new second drive.  Hopefully
> > the rest will go as uneventfully ...
> >
> > Bob Goodwin
> I have installed fc5 from the dvd twice now to be certain I've done 
> things correctly.  I believe I have.
> 
> The fc5 install is on the second drive, /dev/sdb.  XP is factory [Dell] 
> installed and I have no install disk.  XP is of little importance to me 
> but I would like to retain it is possible.  Both drives are 80G.
> 
> It should boot Linux from the mbr, /dev/sda on which XP resides,  grub 
> is installed with FC5 designated as the default, but I never see a grub 
> display at turn on, it simply boots XP right off without offering any 
> alternative.
> 
> What am I doing wrong?

grub should be installed in the MBR of the first SCSI disk (aka
/dev/sda).  That can be done by getting in to Linux and doing
"grub-install /dev/sda" as the root user.

We need to know how you laid out the Linux stuff.  Is it all in one
partition or did you divvy it up?  Assuming you put it in separate
partitions, with /boot as partition 0 and / as partition 1,
this /boot/grub/grub.conf should work:

#boot=/dev/sda
default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd1,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Fedora Core (2.6.17-1.2174_FC5)
        root (hd1,1)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb
quiet max_luns=256
        initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5.img
title Windows XP
	root (hd0,0)
	makeactive
	chainloader +1

If Linux is all on a single partition, change the references above
that say "(hd1,1)" to "(hd1,0)"

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