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    Grub and Windows D:

    I've been having difficulty getting my windows setup working with grub. I've searched google and come up with no solutions. Here's the situation:

    /dev/hda1 5GB RH8
    /dev/hda2 5GB MDK9
    /dev/hda3 512MB swap
    /dev/hda4 30GB /home

    /dev/hdb1 5GB Windows 98 (C
    /dev/hdb5 53GB FAT32 (D

    I can boot windows, but instead of "C:" and "D:" I have "C:", "D:", and "E:". "D:" is a nonexistant disk, and "E:" is what should be my "D:". All my games and documents are on "D:" because I had to do a lot of reinstalling and I wanted to just reformat "C:" instead of deltreeing the windows directory. Unfortunately, now all my links are broken! Here's what I use to boot windows:

    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    chainloader +1

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    I'm not sure of the problem exactly but if you posted part of your grub config it is incorrect.

    Per the Gentoo linux install manual ( for Windows (NT in this case)

    title=Windows NT Workstation
    root (hd0,5)
    chainloader +1

    In your case I think it should look like

    root (hd1,0)
    chainloader +1

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    Don't think you need this bit. AFAIK, its only for getting windows to boot when its not on the /dev/hda1 partition. Its only AFAIK, best to check first.

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    I originally just did:

    root (hd1,0)
    chainloader +1

    but the computer would hang. I went to GNU's site ( and looked at their grub manual, and discovered I needed the maps because Windows won't boot unless it thinks its on the first drive. ( I used GNU's description of how to boot a chainloaded OS ( as a basis for my config.

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    What version of Windows? IF it's WinNT 4.0, there is a way to map the drive to specific drive letter with partitions.

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    It's Windows 98SE.

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    Re:Grub and Windows D:

    Don't know if this helps but I have pretty much the same setup except make active is before chainloader +1 and W2K and RH 8.0 are existing peacefully.

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