Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 126113
Bad: grub screen doesnot appear upon reboot, boots directly into Windows XP
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:44 EST
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Description of problem:
I partitioned harddisk to get 15GB ext3 primary partition and 500 MB
SWAP and installed(graphical) fedora 2 on it. I want a dual boot
cofiguration and my comp already has Windows XP on it. I got a
warning "partition alignment not proper, some boot loaders might have
problems(fixable), safe to ignore". Secondly, what option should i
use for boot loader MBR or first section. I tried both. MBR was
working first day, but later on I could not see a grub screen to
choose between linux and XP and comp was straight booting into XP.
First section is not working at all and comp is booting directly in
Third problem: I tried to upgrade the linux after installing it and
was trying to change boot loader settings, but in the very end of
upgrading process, I got a warning "Kernel is not installed, boot
loader configurations will not be changed ".
I am relatively new to linux.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Installing to the boot partition will only work if the partition is
then active or you are using a secondary boot loader such as Boot
Magic. If installing into the MBR worked at first but then stopped
working, it sounds like XP overwrote it when you booted into it.
I reinstalled FC2 again yesterday and used MBR. It is working good so
far and I think you are right, XP overwrote MBR when I tried system
restore feature in XP. Can you suggest something to prevent this.
I couldnot get your first line (am relatively new to linux). I
created the partition using Windows XP tools, but deleted it and
formated with Disk Druid. Is that causing the problem. And what can I
do about the error I get when I try to upgrade the boot loader.
Unfortunately, that's one of the points that XP's "system restore"
does -- there's not much of a way around it other than "don't use it".
And the upgrade thing is due to the fact that we can only generate a
boot loader config if we install the kernel and thus can figure out
what kernels should be in the boot loader config.