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Old 15th December 2011, 04:47 AM
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Boot loader doesn't install?

Hey guys! Please excuse me if this questions has been asked before, I couldn't seem to find it posted any where else...

I'm trying to install/dualboot fedora with OSX, I've given Fedora 100gb space (I was told this should be good enough?) but the problem is, when I get to the end of the installer, it always tells me "The bootloader failed to install. Your system may not boot". Doing a little bit of searching I found this thread: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpo...61&postcount=3

But I'm a little confused on how I should go about doing this? Or is there something else I can do?

And I don't know if it matters but I'm also using rEFIt
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Old 15th December 2011, 05:20 AM
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Re: Boot loader doesn't install?


That said, here is my experience with Grub2 and Arch Linux on a Windows 7 machine.

I don't know about OSX, but I was able to install Grub2 with Arch Linux on a Windows 7 machine using the traditional BIOS (MBR) boot.

I did have a problem one time with too many primary partitions. Generally speaking you can only have 4. I had 2 primary partitions that were created with the Windows 7 install and another primary recovery partition making 3 altogether. I had to take the remaining space and create an Extended Partition (the 4th primary partition) in it with several logical drives - and installed a different distro on each one.

I also had a problem installing Grub2 from the Arch installation CD because it would not create the proper partition type for Arch. Running fdisk -l showed the partition as FAT16 instead of Linux. I ended up creating and formatting the partition while booted into Mageia, using MCC, then I installed Arch and Grub2 successfully.

When you install Grub2, you probably want to install it to the MBR (I imagine this is true with OSX as well as Windows).
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Old 16th December 2011, 03:01 AM
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Re: Boot loader doesn't install?

So I should install Grub separately? I don't quite get what you're saying..
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