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I have been running Windows 98 and Redhat 9.0 in a dual boot system for a while now. I have two hard drives: 60GB master that contains windows 98 160GB slave drive that contains Linux Redhat 9.0. Partitioned such that the first 40GB is partitioned and formatted for Linux. (linux swap, ext3, etc.) The rest is FAT32 so that it can be shared between Linux and Windows 98. I was using GRUB to boot. I recently got Windows XP. Since my 60GB hard drive was going bad I bought a new 160GB hard drive and installed Windows XP on it. ...

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    Default Dual boot with a twist

    I have been running Windows 98 and Redhat 9.0 in a dual boot system
    for a while now. I have two hard drives:
    60GB master that contains windows 98
    160GB slave drive that contains Linux Redhat 9.0.
    Partitioned such that the first 40GB is partitioned and formatted
    for Linux. (linux swap, ext3, etc.)
    The rest is FAT32 so that it can be shared between Linux and
    Windows 98.
    I was using GRUB to boot.

    I recently got Windows XP. Since my 60GB hard drive was going bad
    I bought a new 160GB hard drive and installed Windows XP on it.

    Now I cannot boot to Linux. The floppy I created at install of Redhat
    does not work. Most information on the web assumes that I have windows
    installed and I am installing Linux on top of it. The problem is
    that I have an existing Linux install with applications and date that
    I want to access.

    Can anyone suggest a way that I can boot the existing Linux partion
    without re-installing Linux?

    Regards,
    Donald
    Donald Guest

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    "Donald" <net> skrev i meddelandet
    news:insightbb.com... 

    Get TomsRTBT, a linux floppy distro. Saved me a couple of times.
    Get the DOS archive if you dont' have a running Linux.
    Put it on a floppy and boot.
    then
    chroot /dev/hda?
    ( ? = depends on where you had the root before the crash)( hda1, hda2, hda3
    so on )

    then run grub again, I use LILO so I can't specify the grub commands right
    now.

    Good luck.


    Conny Guest

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    "Conny" <se> wrote in message
    news:iwiOb.45103$telia.net... 
    >
    > Get TomsRTBT, a linux floppy distro. Saved me a couple of times.
    > Get the DOS archive if you dont' have a running Linux.
    > Put it on a floppy and boot.
    > then
    > chroot /dev/hda?
    > ( ? = depends on where you had the root before the crash)( hda1, hda2,[/ref]
    hda3 

    Even simpler. Installing Windows probably only blew away your Master Boot
    Record (which now points only to Windows). Use the same CD or floppies you
    installed RedHat 9 with, and type "linux rescue" at the CD boot prompt. It
    will scan your disks for your Linux directories and try to automatically
    mount them at "/mnt/sysimage.
    Do a "chroot /mnt/sysimage". RedHat 9 normally uses grub, not LILO. Take a
    look at "/etc/grub.conf" and /etc/fstab and confirm that your partitions are
    where they should be: they should be unmoved if you installed Windows on the
    new drive by adding the new drive instead of replacing the old one.

    If nothing changed, run "grub-install /dev/hda" and a-w-a-y-y-y you go....


    Nico Guest

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    "Donald" <net> wrote in message
    news:insightbb.com... 

    boot your redhat CD, and press F1, then type 'Rescue'.

    you can fix your grub...


    Or first make the partitions and filesystems, then copy (nah, cpio ) the
    files,
    and then fix /etc/fstab and /etc/grub/whatever, and install grub...



     


    Leon. Guest

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    In article <com>, net
    says... 
    > >[/ref][/ref]
    <snip> 

    That is exactly what happened but until now I had not seen how to deal
    with it. Your instructions worked perfectly. It could not have been
    more easy!! Thaks!

    Thank you to everyone else who gave me suggestions as well.

    Regards,
    Donald
    Donald Guest

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