Newbie installation help (Win XP + Red Hat 9)
I am a complete newbie to Linux, and am just about to take that first step. I have absolutely no knowledge of Linux commands and the like. Currently, I have Windows XP installed in my first hard disk. I tried installing Red Hat Linux 9 to my second hard disk, but midway through the process, I felt it was safer to consult first before pushing through.
The Red Hat installation is smooth, just up to the point where the installation asks me what kind of boot manager I would like to install (GRUB or LILO). I originally wanted to use LILO, because my 3rd party boot manager, Boot-US said so (so it could detect the Linux bootable partition), but apparently most people say otherwise. My concern is that Linux wants to write the boot manager into my first hard disk's mbr (the one with Windows XP). However, most of the dual-booting examples I've seen online are Linux + another flavor of Windows that does not use the NTFS file system, so I backed off. If I do pursue the installation, will the boot manager be able to detect, and properly boot Windows XP in hda?
Second, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could recommend which kinds of partitions I should set up in the second HD. Is it advisable to create more than the required /, /boot, and swap? (like RAID and the abbreviated Logical thingamajig?) I plan to use one partition on this Linux HD for Windows 98 just to get some abandonware stuff running, so I guess I've reached the 4 partition limit.
Finally, this is somewhat embarrassing, but in my very short experience with an old PC that was able to get Red Hat 9 running, I could find no way to determine how much space my HD had left, nor could I locate or mount the HD. How do you find this information in Linux?
Thanks in advance for all your help :)
WinXP-Redhat 9.0 dual boot - hang at GRUB
Hi Forum members,
I am new to this forum and am facing this problem with dual-booting my XP - RedHat 9.0
My PC has the following configuration -
Compaq, Pentuim 3 450MHz with 384 MB RAM
45 GB Western Digital Hard Drive on motherboard's Primary Master Running WinXP
30 GB Western Digital Hard Drive on motherboard's Primary Slave Partitioned as-
100 MB boot, 12 GB root, 768 MB swap
and the rest as FAT32 (for sharing between XP and Linux)
A CD writer on motherboard's Secondary Master
A DVD ROM drive on motherboard's Secondary Slave
I also have a separate SIIG ATA133 PCI controller card with two IDE channels, which has -
80 GB Western Digital Hard Drive on its Primary Master (formatted as NTFS) and
Internal Iomega ZIP 100 drive on Primary Slave. The Secondary on the controller card is
I installed WinXP on the 45 GB Drive and then installed RedHat 9.0 on a partition on
the 30 GB drive. The GRUB loader was installed on the first sector of the /boot partition
and NOT the MBR of the WinXP drive. I setup the dual-boot as explained by people on many
web sites by copying the first 512 bytes of the /boot sector and modifying the boob.ini
file in WinXP to give the boot menu.
Now when I choose Linux from the XP boot menu, I see the word 'GRUB' written on the screen
and that is all. The PC hangs there. Nothing else appears on the screen. I have to power-cycle
the PC to boot it again. I can boot Linux using the boot floppy which I created during Linux
installation. But I cannot boot it from WinXP. Linux identifies my drives as follows -
hda - 80Gb drive on controller card's primary master
hdb - internal ZIP 100 drive on controller card's primary slave
hde - 45Gb drive on motherboard's Primary Master
hdf - 30Gb drive on motherboard's Primary Slave
hdg - CD writer on motherboard's Secondary Master
hdh - DVD ROM drive on motherboard's Secondary Slave
As seen above, Linux started counting the drives from the controller's primary and not the
motherboard's primary. Also it omitted hdc and hdd since the controller's secondary is empty.
Then it came to motherboard's primary counting from hde onwards.
With this scenario, can anybody help me successfully dual-boot WinXP-Redhat9.0 using the
NT loader, with GRUB installed in the first sector of the /boot partition and NOT on the MBR of WinXP drive?