Alright, I'm brand new to linux, but I want to give it a try as well as expand my computing knowlage beyond windows. Besides I'm getting sick of some of the windows problems.
So I set out to change my XP system to a dual boot XP/Linux. Do a little research and settle on Fedora 6 as my linux distribution. Now to do the install...I'm going to go through the steps a I followed and hopefully someone with more linux experience can help me out.
I have 2 harddrives. A smaller (80gb) original drive that contains windows and very little free space, and a Larger 180gb drive later added as an expansion.
Step one resize the partition. I decide after doing some browsing to set up my secondary hard drive for linux. So I shrink the NTFS partition (I used gparted to do the resizing due to some recommendations I saw) on that drive down, and set up partitions like this: One 10gb unallocated at the start of the drive, about and 80gb NTFS in the middle, and the rest unallocated at the end. Did that based on some reccomendations to have your /boot at the start of the drive.
Ok done with the resize everything appears to be in order, so I take my fedora iso disks and boot the installation. First page with options the partitions page. I select both drives for the installation, and set to remove linux partitions on selected drives and create default layout. I select review and modify partitioning layout (I want to see what I'm actually doing). Ok..now I see how it plans to lay out my partitions (don't make any changes). Now we get the GRUB boot loader part. GRUB will be install on /dev/hda. I add Windows to the list of operating systems. Alright now I'm on the advanced boot loader options page. Install boot loader on /dev/hda Master Boot Record. Now onto a network setup page defaults seem fine. Choose my timezone, set a root password, and choose softwar applications. Everything looks good so far, waiting a few moments on the dependencies checker.
Install goes smoothly, get to the end remove the media and reboot. I'm expect the GRUB bootloader screen to pop and let me select my OS...but to no avail. I'm in Windows before I know it without a bootloader option. To make things more interesting windows has decided that my second harddrive is completely unformatted. I don't quite believe it about that (nor particularly care as the loss would only be a few programs I can reinstall and some videos), but more on that later.
Ok so what now. I google a bit and find these forums. I do some reading and try a few things they suggest. Throw in my Fedora rescue disk and boot into rescue mode, and get a command line. Just for reference, a command prompt doesn't scare me at all, but I don't know jack yet as to how to work at a linux command prompt...meaning I have worked thousands of times with DOS prompts, but I'll need a good bit of explanation as to navigation and commands for any help with linux.
First attempt to reinstall GRUB to my MBR
hmmm bad news nice error message comes to eat me: "/dev/hdb2 does not have any corresponding BIOS drive." Intersting though I don't quite understand 100% what it means.
Now to get some of the diagnostic pages that where asked for in another thread
fdisk -l /dev/hda
/dev/hda1 * 1 10011 8041332642 SFS
fdisk -l /dev/hdb
/dev/hdb1 1363 12836 92164905 55 EZ-Drive
/dev/hdb2 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hdb3 12837 24321 92253262+ 8e Linux LVM
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABLE=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5, mode=620 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap swap defaults 0 0
Also just for kicks I tried booting the system with Knoppix. It boots no problem at all. In there I can access both drives and all partitions. Including the NTFS partition on my second drive...that windows claims doesn't exist, but that's for another day for me to figure out.
So anyway I'm now lost. I haven't a clue why it isn't showing the boot loader screen like I would expect....and the fdisk returns are a bit different than I had expected, but if them make sense to someone else than I'm all good. Anyway what now?