GRUB nevers starts, what's the solution?
I am brand new to Linux and trying to install and use FC4 in a dual boot environment with Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition.
Initially performed installation of Windows 2003 with no issues.
This installation was on a drive dedicated to W2k3.
Followed by successful?? installation of FC4 on a different drive.
After rebooting I can not access the FC4 installation...Windows 2003 keeps re-starting as if it was the only OS installed on the system.
My impression is that the issue resides around GRUB and MBR previously laid down by the Windows 2003 installation.
Multiple re-installations of FC4 report success, however, GRUB never starts and therefore, am not able to either start FC4 by default or select it as an alternative operating system.
Any help in resolving this issue would be appreciated.
Please, keep in mind that I am brand new to Linux.
Thank you and no access to W2k3 surfaced
Thank you very much for your help...you gave me sufficient education to overcome booting to GRUB... many hours have been spent since last Wednesday trying to understand what was the issue when approximately 4 or 5 different and reportedly successful re-installs did not shed enough light to resolve the issue.
Now I am facing another issue that seems more difficult because I suspect it requires knowledge of syntax (commands) I do not know; in other words, GRUB is not configured is proper commands to allow access to W2k3.
Here's the scenario:
From the GNU GRUB ver. 0.95 boot menu when I select 'Other' to boot W2k3 it yields the below results:
- [the dash means a blinking underscore]
Would you or someone else take time to share the solution with me?
Perhaps, as a minimum, you need to know the following:
- the system is built with two drives
- drive hda is for Windows 2003 (tons of space)
- drive hdb is for Fedora Core 4 (tons of space)
- Windows 2003 was installed first (works perfectly fine, for now)
- No issues booting to W2k3 until acces to GRUB was achieved by implementing solution suggested by Nerderello together with a re-install and adjustments to configuration (once you know what should be done!)
- It seems GRUB needs proper redirection commands to start W2k3 from MBR in hda as opposed to hdb
- In other words, FC4 is fully implemented in hdb including GRUB
- and W2k3 is fully implemented in hda
- I guess the issue is how to tell GRUB to boot W2k3 from hda?
Many thanks for the help,
PS. Today was my first time to taste Linux...first impression is that it is sweet!! I just need to get beyond these booting issues and focus on learning what seems to be an industrial strength caliber operating system!!!