Dual Boot Dilema Request for Ideas
horsley1953 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 14:07:29 UTC 2011
On Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:55:59 -0400
Clyde E. Kunkel wrote:
> The key for me has always been to make sure windows is installed first
> and then when installing linux (grub1 or 2) point the bootloader to the
> linux /boot partition which is almost always some partition other than
> the first on the first boot drive, i.e., /dev/sda[n] where n is greater
> than 1. You can then chainload to the windows partition from the grub
> boot menu.
I did the opposite: on a Dell I got with windows 7 preinstalled. I
installed fedora 15 from the DVD and used the installer disk formatter
to shrink the NTFS partition and make room for fedora, then I told
fedora to install grub in the partition with fedora, not the MBR.
Then I fiddled the windows boot loader to be able to "chainload"
fedora (I found some little shareware program on the net to
simplify editing the windows boot info, I forget the name :-).
I figured with all the frighteningly undocumented Dell recovery
partition nonsense I didn't want to screw with the MBR or windows
loader any more than I had to.
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