dual booting XP and Linux
grinnz at gmail.com
Fri Apr 7 14:53:57 UTC 2006
Stephen Esquibel wrote:
> I agree, and that is the method I took. The only thing is that I
> didn't overwrite the MBR on the Win drive, and I had my bios boot to
> /hdb. But I had an issue with Anaconda to where if the other drive
> was connected it only allowed me to write Grub to the first sector of
> /hdb1 (with partitions). If the drive was disconnected, the MBR of
> hdb was available. So I installed FC5, booted to it made sure
> everything was in order and configured the way I like it. Then I
> edited grub.conf as stated with the chainloader statement and shut
> down, connected the other drive back, and went on about my happy
> dual-boot life.
> On 4/6/06, *Craig White * <craigwhite at azapple.com
> <mailto:craigwhite at azapple.com>> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-04-06 at 20:54 -0400, Washington, CJ (OCTO) wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com
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> > [mailto: fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com
> <mailto:fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com>] On Behalf Of Timothy Murphy
> > Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 8:25 PM
> > To: fedora-list at redhat.com <mailto:fedora-list at redhat.com>
> > Subject: RE: dual booting XP and Linux
> > Washington, CJ (OCTO) wrote:
> > > I found it easier to let the WinXP boot manager chain load GRUB
> > > than the other way 'round. MicroSoft products like to be in
> > > charge. While GRUB+Linux is not a good match, it is a reasonable
> > > match, and works pretty well, whereas GRUB+WinXP is a poor match,
> > > and the WinXP boot manager is a pretty reasonable tool.
> > That's nonsense.
> > Millions of people are using to grub to boot Linux and/or Windows.
> > It works perfectly well.
> > It's easier to install Windows first,
> > but if you install Linux (with grub) first
> > it is a good idea to save the MBR with something like
> > dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr bs=512 count=1
> > Then you can replace it afterwards (if you want) with
> > dd of=/dev/hda if=mbr bs=512 count=1
> > --
> > Timothy Murphy
> > e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
> > tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
> > s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
> > To who ever wants to be a smart ass,
> > First of all, I was the one who posed the original question. Look,
> > I'm here because I assumed that there were actually people on this
> > list that could help me because in no way am I remotely a Linux
> > or even novice. I just got into this just like everyone else on
> > list who once started out very novice with Linux and Unix.
> > It's cool, I'll figure it out eventually.
> > Thanks to everyone for all your help,
> I like the idea of removing the hard drives because it is safe. Your
> Windows hard drive cannot be overwritten or damaged because it is not
> If you follow those instructions and put the Windows HD back in as a
> slave drive...until you fix grub to allow you to boot Windows, you
> be able to boot into Windows.
> My inclination would be to leave the Windows drive as primary master,
> make the Linux drive primary slave. Take care to install Linux
> only to
> primary slave (/dev/hdb) but have grub do it's thing automatically,
> which would over right the MBR on the primary master which would give
> you a grub boot choice of Linux or Windows.
> As for Timothy and Mike...they don't shy from their opinions but they
> aren't dumb either. It's not about you.
> Oh and by the way...your html mail is almost unreadable...could you
> please post in plain text emails to the list?
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I had this problem; however in the advanced bootloader options (at least
in a graphical install), there is an option to change which hard drive
to install to. I don't remember the exact wording. Since I had to do a
text install, though, I had to unplug the other two drives in my system.
Such is life.
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