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Having a "GRUB_" and you can't type anything means that grub was not properly installed.
What distro are you using?
I'm using SuSE 10 and GRUB works fine if my windows drive isn't connected. How do I edit the GRUB.conf file? I have GRUB written to a floppy btw if that helps. Also, I had been getting the error GRUB Geom error when I had both my drives set to master.
Grub is installed on the MBR then, which is on the Master or windows drive.
If you want to be able to boot Suse without the Windows drive being there, I believe you can execute this command as root from within suse, while both drives are connected.
Then you will need to edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst
change where you have hdb1, change it to hda1, then reboot.
You will also need to change the jumpers on the hard drive.
I think that I figured out what happened. When I installed SuSE I didn't have my other drive connected because I didn't want it to get screwed up. So GRUB never had a chance to recognize that I had Windows installed. So I might just re-install SuSE with the drive plugged in or do what you suggested..
No, no need to reinstall over something trivial like that. Simply connect the other drive where it normally goes, then boot from the SUSE installation media. When you get to the installation menu, you will have a choice to boot into the existing linux install. Do this.
Once linux has loaded up, launch yast -> system -> bootloader configuration. Tell it to propose a new bootloader configuration and ensure that windows is in the list. Also make sure grub is installed to the MBR of the 1st drive.Life is complex, it has a real part and an imaginary part.