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Newbie - dual boot - Win ME/Redhat - Grub on MBR

help windows wont boot



11:31 pm on Mar 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Have Windows ME installed... got bored so decided to install Red Hat... have partition magic so created a linux partition - my partitions are as follows:

1 - Win ME Fat 32
2 - Fat 32
3 - Linux
4 - Linux swap

During redhat install. I selected install to MBR so have grub 0.92 when i first boot up and it allows me to choose my o/s.

Redhat loads fine :)
Windows doesnt boot ... no errors just lists rootnoverify etc then nothing else happens

in Grub - windows boot set up as follows:
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Ive messed around with changing hd0,0 to other things but then get an error about a missing file (vmmx or something in windows system)?

Any ideas? hope the above is pretty clear?!?
btw before u ask - no i didnt make any floppies :( oops


12:37 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The first thing you should do is make sure you didnt wipe out your windows partition. If you boot into linux and get a terminal window and use fdisk to view all your drives partitions.

You can read about fdisk by typing
man fdisk

Sounds like you have just one drive so to list all partitions you would type as root

fdisk -l /dev/hda

If the windows partition is there then you just need to figure out how to find it. I did a search and see where someone else had used partitioning utility and it confused grub. They were able to boot using hd0,3

I don''t dual boot so , not alot of experience.


12:49 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just found this from a working grub config

title Windows Me
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Perhaps you need the "makeactive" line


1:16 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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thx for replies :)

I've confirmed the partitions are in place...

Re: makeactive
I've tried this but got no where... i'll keep fiddling with this though since i've search google and many have this line in their config...

ps. i only require windows for the time being to get at my files - ie websites, mp3s and general txt files... Can i get to these from Redhat?


1:25 am on Mar 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes you can, something like this comand

You might need to create the directory windows under mnt
mkdir /mnt/windows

mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt/windows
you just need to know the partition name hda?

Once its mounted you can access your data in the /mnt/windows directory

I have done it before and remember messing with it for a while before I got it right.


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