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Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(
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    Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    Hello Again.

    I just installd a fresh Windows 2k (i needed to install it again), but when i boot my computer it just boots windows, it doesn't asks 'make you choice'. How can I get the choice menu?

    Thanks in advance
    Aljsoha

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    Re:Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    Which version of linux are you using? Were you using Lilo or Grub as your boot loader? Do you still have your installation cd's?

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    Re:Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    Hello,

    Sorry, forgot about it!
    Using Fedora Core 4, have the four CD's right here
    I can't see the system using any loader at all, but I know Fedora uses GRUB.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re:Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    ok, this can be fixed, but involves a lot of delicate steps. I suggest you write them down:

    1. Boot to your 1st Fedora cd. On the Fedora splashscreen, before the install starts, type "linux rescue."
    Code:
    linuux rescue
    2. Follow the dialog, and if asked, allow the cd to mount the hard disk in read-write mode (can't remember the exact phrase, because I don't have my cd available.)
    3. When it is done booting, create a directory to mount your Fedora partition.
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/fedora
    4. Mount your Fedora partition on this new directory.
    Code:
    mount /dev/hdx /mnt/fedora
    where hdx = the partition where you installed linux. (If you are not sure, you can do
    Code:
    fdisk -p /dev/hda
    . This should show you all the partitions on your disk.
    5. This step is only necesary if your /boot folder is on a different partition. Otherwise, go to step 6.
    If your /boot resides on a different partition, mount it under /mnt/fedora/boot.
    Code:
    mount /dev/hdy /mnt/fedora/boot
    where /dev/hdy is the partition where your /boot resides.
    6. You're almost there. Now, you have to tell linux to treat the /mnt/fedora folder as the root of linux. This will make all the folder settings match your installation.
    Code:
    chroot /mnt/fedora
    7. Finally, reinstall grub to the MBR of hda.
    Code:
    grub-install /dev/hda
    8. If there were no errors, reboot the computer.
    Code:
    reboot
    Please not that, if your hard disk is a SCSI, SATA or PATA drive, your installations wouldn't be /dec/hda but /dev/sda (most likely).

    Good luck.

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    Re:Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    Thanks, going to try it out after my match of waterpolo
    Thanks again and again

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    Re:Fresh windows install, can't boot Linux anymore :(

    Thanks, I wrote a doc about it wich is in the same category as this topic. Thanks for the tutorial! But it wasnt all. You will get mount, chroot, and grub-install errors
    please correct me if im wrong in my document

    AljoshaNL

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