Configurin GRUB or Installin LiLO

Phil Schaffner Philip.R.Schaffner at
Fri Jul 16 15:13:57 UTC 2004

On Fri, 2004-07-16 at 11:40 -0300, zaca1 at wrote:
> Hello everybody!!!
> My name is Flvio, I'm from Brazil and I've installed Fedora Core 2
> yesterday in my computer [Motherboard ASUS A7V8X-X, AthlonXP 2700+,
> 256mb DDR333, 1 hard disk 15GB(Fedora), 1 hard disk 40 GB(WindowsXP),
> SiS AG315P (Video) and DVD/CDRW (LG)]. Everything is working fine in
> Fedora Core 2, but im having problems with the GRUB. When the GRUB
> starts, it works fine to boot Fedora, but when I try to boot
> WindowsXP, it doesnt work! The WindowsXP doesnt start. The screen
> shows the following message:
> rootnoverify hd(1,0)
> chainloader +1
> and the WindowXP doesnt start. The devices of my computer are:
> hda1(Fedora)
> hda2(Fedora)
> hda3(Fedora)
> hdb1(windowsXP)
> The partitions of Fedora are: boot, swap and Fedora, but I dont know
> the order.

Shouldn't matter for this discussion.

> I would like to know if anybody could please help me to configure the
> GRUB so I can start the WindowsXP (or send me the link to a tutorial
> in the internet), or help me to install the LiLO (I think its much
> easier to configure...)

Matter of opinion - won't get into religious issues. ;^)

You did not supply enough information to provide definitive help.
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Did you perhaps add the disk on which you installed Fedora as master and
move the original XP disk to be the secondary disk?  If so, you will
need to fool XP into thinking it is still on the first disk.  A grub
stanza along these lines should work:

title Windows XP
        map (hd1) (hd0)
        map (hd0) (hd1)
        rootnoverify (hd1,0)
        chainloader +1

> I also can't see the WindowsXP partition (hdb1) when im using Fedora.
> I tried a command to mount it, but it didnt work.

Would help to say wnat ypu tried.

> I used a bootable CD i have here (Kurumin 3.0, a variant from
> Knoppix), and all the files from Windows XP and Fedora can be seen. I
> would like to access it from the Fedora (the partition hdb1, with
> WinXP, is FAT32)

(Hmmm - XP native format is NTFS; however...)  Fedora should be able to
mount a FAT32 partition.  Should be able to find lots of references in
the list archives, but as root try:

# mkdir /dos_c

then add the following to /etc/fstab

/dev/hdb1 /dos_c   vfat   user,noauto,rw,uid=500,gid=500 0 0

(The uid= and gid= are optional - if used, change 500 to match the user
and group you want to have access.  This can allow a user [i.e. user
with uid 500], or users [in gid 500] to write to the disk.)


# mount /dos_c

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