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  1. #1
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    Fedora and Windows on two hard drives. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

    I have tried installing Fedora Core 2 eight times now without success.

    My system looks like this:

    HD0/hda, the master = Windows XP
    HD1/hdb, the slave = Fedora Core 2

    I have tried using LBA (both set in BIOS and also in the Fedora install), tried setting the exact specifications of my hard drive (lynix hdb=59582,16,63), etc. Each time I install I have selected to place the boot onto /dev/hdb1 First Secore of boot partition because I DO NOT TRUST this thing to place it on hda (overlaying the MBR).

    What happens is that when I set the BIOS to boot from HD1 all I get is the word GRUB showing up. No command prompt, just the word GRUB. I can always boot to WindowsXP just fine if I set the BIOS to boot to hda (hd0).

    It does take keyboard input because I can use ctrl-alt-delete to reboot, but no keys are echoed to the screen.

    So, is it even possible to run Fedora on a slave drive with GRUB on that same drive and simply select the hard drive to boot to from within the BIOS?

    Note that I have built a Fedora Resuce CD if that is needed.


  2. #2
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    Install grub into MBR of hdb and edit GRUB like this:

    title Aurox Linux (2.4.22-1.2188.nptl)
    	root (hd0,2)
    	kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2188.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
    	initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.22-1.2188.nptl.img
    title Windows XP
    	map (hd1) (hd0)
    	root (hd1,0) 
    	chainloader +1
    Boot from hdb

  3. #3
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    I am completely new to Linux, so this is confusing to me.

    Just how do you install GRUB onto the MBR of hdB?

    It only gives me an option to do this for hda and the way I do it (first boot sector of hdb).

    Also, once that is done, I guess you want me to boot up using the rescue CD and edit (how?) the GRUB file (what is the file name?)?

    I also noticed that you had splashimage=(hd0,2). Shouldn't that be hd1 instead of hd0 since I placed this on hdb?

    So in short, my questions are:

    1) How can you force Fedora to be installed onto the MBR of HDB when it only gives me an option of the MBR on HDA and the first boot sector of HDB?

    2) What is the name of the GRUB file to edit?

    3) How can I edit this file while booted from the rescue CD?

    Remember that I have no way to interact with the computer when booting up from HDB...nothing gets echoed to the screen....all I see is "GRUB".


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  5. #4
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    Jun 2004
    Windsor, CO
    It would be easier to put both windows and Linux on the same drive,
    although I don't know if that's possible for you.
    Also, the Fedora Rescue CD isn't really needed since the installer
    CD can do the same things it can, which is to provide access to the system
    by mounting the system within a shell.

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