FC 7 booting problem

g geleem at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 22 19:14:24 UTC 2008

> I installed Fedora 7 sucessfully and using it very well , but after I
> installed windows XP boot loader options for FC7 disappered, although

fc7 is still there. it is grub boot loader that has been over
written in boot sector by msbsos when it is installed.

once you get fc7 back up as rick instructed you, there is an
easier, and faster way to recover from an msbsos install if
you have a floppy disk drive. if not, there is a way to do
this with other boot devices.

at 'command line' or in a 'terminal window' type in 'su' and
press <enter> key, enter root password to become root user.

insert a floppy disk into floppy drive, then enter;

  'dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/fd0 bs=512 count=1'

remove floppy, slide write protect to 'locked' position and
keep it handy.

now, when you have to reinstall msbsos, after it installs and
system starts reboot, put floppy back in drive, with *bios*
set for 'floppy drive' as first boot device, you will boot
from floppy disk.

now your system will boot normally and start linux, if linux
is your default start up.

again in a 'terminal window', become 'root', this time enter;

  'dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1'

and your grub boot loader will be reinstalled.

}} note {{
   *difference* of 'if' and 'of'.
   *do not* reverse these 2 commands.
   *do not* leave out or change 'bs=512' or 'count=1'.

if you do, you can 'hose' system.




in a free world without fences, who needs gates.

More information about the fedora-list mailing list