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Hi, I've got a wee problem. I downloaded and installed Fedora Core 5 on my laptop and now, when i boot up there is no entry in the Grub boot ...
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    Can't find XP after installing Fedore Core 5


    Hi,

    I've got a wee problem. I downloaded and installed Fedora Core 5 on my laptop and now, when i boot up there is no entry in the Grub boot loader for Windows XP (which I started with)

    Here's some details if it helps....

    40Gb HDD >> Partitioned into 3 parts. (Windows, Linux and Linux SWAP??)

    From Logical Volume Management i can see that:

    Windows - hda1
    Linux - hda3
    Linux Swap - hda2

    Any ideas how to add Windows XP to the bootloader?

    Would it be more sensible to Reformat my HDD and start again? I have no data im particularly bothered about keeping.

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    You should be able to do it without doing something as drastic as a complete reinstall (which might leave you in the same situation any way!!).

    You will need to edit the Grub configuration file (either /boot/grub.conf or /boot/grub/menu.lst) to include the option to boot windows. I can't remember the exact commands you should use, but a quick google around should find you the answer.
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    add this to grub.conf
    title windows xp
    rootnoverify (hd0,2)
    chainloader +1
    now you will be able to select and boot windows with GRUB

    warning:
    rootnoverify (hd0,2)
    this works for me but you have probaly windows installed one the other partition
    if you can than post output of
    fdisk -l

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blast!
    Any ideas how to add Windows XP to the bootloader?

    Would it be more sensible to Reformat my HDD and start again? I have no data im particularly bothered about keeping.
    as suggested by smolloy, dont reformat. its easy to set dual boot.
    login as root and open file /boot/grub/grub.conf file
    add this code at the end of file

    Code:
    title Windows XP
    	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    	chainloader +1
    save the file and reboot.




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    I installed Fedora 5 on my XP box. When the grub splash screen shows use up arrow key. A new menu should appear with two options. The first one should be Fedora the second one may say OTHER....

    Hope this helps.

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    Hi, I new and just installed Linux for the first time last night (FC6). I have the same problem as the first guy and am grateful for finding this solution.

    Or at least I would be if X hadn't decided to die leaving me with a black screen. So I'm using Linux Rescue off the installation DVD and so am in shell. Now where might I find the boot directory so I can make the changes necessary to get my Windows back at least.

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    FOund an answer to my onw question http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/arc...php/t-996.html

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