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Old 18th April 2006, 03:49 AM
Taft Offline
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Question Need help creating a boot CD to dual-boot my HP Pavilion desktop


I would like to dual-boot my new HP desktop with XP and FC5.

I've installed Linux many times in the past, however not with a modified OEM version of XP. I partitioned the hard drive and installed FC5 and grub. I booted into FC5 and was doing great! However, when I tried to boot into Windows, HP's helpful utility noticed that I modified the boot sector and decided XP needed to be reinstalled (and there's no way to cancel this!) When that was done grub was clobbered and I had no boot menu (although FC5 is still installed on its partition).

Since this PC has no floppy drive, I believe I will need to create a boot CD to point to my FC5 install. I saw a tutorial here for doing this on a floppy - can anyone suggest a way to boot the FC5 rescue CD and create a bootable CD to boot my Linux partition?

Many thanks in advance

EDIT: I shouldn't have to point this out, but just in case... I do have a DVD-RW drive and a stack of blank CD-R's. Ideally, I just need a command to create a bootable CD providing /dev/hda5 (Linux root partition) as an argument

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Old 18th April 2006, 04:32 AM
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Don't give up yet. I know how frustrating it is to install an os , only to have the system do something like what happened to you. After you re-install Windows, if you still want to install Fedora Core, read this.
It will show you how to (hopefully) configure the Windows loader to boot FC.
Good Luck.
p.s. should work for single hdd install!

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Old 18th April 2006, 02:13 PM
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I strongly recommend installing GRUB loader into first sector of your /boot partition and not to the MBR.
In order to boot to linux, use Bootpart application (under windows) to create "loader file" (first 512 bytes of /boot partition) for your linux distro.
Place this file on C:\ (eg. c:\linux) and add line to the boot.ini file, like: c:\linux="Linux"
That's all.

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