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I recently installed fedora 9 rawhide over vista. Now vista neither boots nor shows in boot menu ( displays BOOTMGR missing message).Linux boots automatically. And over that nothing installs on ...
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    I recently installed fedora 9 rawhide over vista. Now vista neither boots nor shows in boot menu ( displays BOOTMGR missing message).Linux boots automatically.
    And over that nothing installs on linux.
    Please help me out.

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    Did you create a separate partition on which to install Linux before or during the installation? To give specific advice, we should have specific information so run the command 'fdisk -l' to get your partition information and post it. Also post the file 'menu.lst' under /boot/grub/ directory. There is likely no entry for vista in the file so it can't boot.

    What are you trying to install on Fedora? Are you using the package manager?

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    Fedora 9 Rawhide doesn't make a lot of sense. Rawhide is the codename for the development version of Fedora, which at this point would be the upcoming Fedora 12. I believe, and I'm not a Fedora user so I might be wrong, that by default, if you're using one of the earlier pre-releases of Fedora, it will try to use the current rawhide repositories, which is likely your problem with installing anything.

    You may be able to fix your repos to properly reflect Fedora 9 and get things working, though I wouldn't know how. The better thing would be to do a clean install of the current stable release, Fedora 11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    Did you create a separate partition on which to install Linux before or during the installation? To give specific advice, we should have specific information so run the command 'fdisk -l' to get your partition information and post it. Also post the file 'menu.lst' under /boot/grub/ directory. There is likely no entry for vista in the file so it can't boot.

    What are you trying to install on Fedora? Are you using the package manager?


    PARTITION INFORMATION


    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x10000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 10 80293+ de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 11 1316 10485752 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 * 1316 16847 124750836 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4 16847 19458 20971520 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 16848 16872 200812+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 16873 19457 20763981 8e Linux LVM

    Disk /dev/dm-0: 19.1 GB, 19126026240 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2325 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table

    Disk /dev/dm-1: 2080 MB, 2080374784 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 252 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x30307800

    Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn't contain a valid partition table

    MENU.LST


    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    # root (hd0,4)
    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
    # initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/sda
    default=0
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,4)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora (2.6.25-0.234.rc9.git1.fc9.i686)
    root (hd0,4)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25-0.234.rc9.git1.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=620172b5-04a2-4d6e-b3f0-98a2ffe06e5b rhgb quiet
    initrd /initrd-2.6.25-0.234.rc9.git1.fc9.i686.img
    title Other
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader +1

    I was installing flash player (adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm) and vlc media player (vlc-1.0.1.tar.bz2) but it failed. Earlier I also tried to install rpmfusion-free-release-rawhide.noarch.rpm which I was required to install before I could install any extension product like vlc but the results were same.

    And yes I use package manager.
    I hope this information is sufficient. Please see if you could figure out anything out of it.

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    Your menu.lst entry for windows shows it is looking to your Dell utility partition for boot information. You have two windows partitions (sda2, sda3) and sda3 is marked as active/bootable so try changing your menu.lst entry for vista to (hd0,2). If that doesn't work, try (hd0,1).

    As far as installing, I don't use Fedora but reed9's comments make sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    Your menu.lst entry for windows shows it is looking to your Dell utility partition for boot information. You have two windows partitions (sda2, sda3) and sda3 is marked as active/bootable so try changing your menu.lst entry for vista to (hd0,2). If that doesn't work, try (hd0,1).

    As far as installing, I don't use Fedora but reed9's comments make sense.
    It seems I don't have the privileges to make changes into menu.lst . How actually can I edit menu.lst ? Any clue...

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    You need root privileges to edit the file.

    To login as root from the command line do
    Code:
    su -
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