>>>I have installed Windows 2000/NTFS on /dev/hda and FC4 on /dev/hdb but
>>>Grub is never displayed, Windows is booted immediately. I've tried
>>>installing grub in boot and mbr as offered in the installation routine
>>>with the same result.
>>Some people dual-booting with Windows find it easier to keep Linux
>>completely on its own drive (bootloaders, and all), and put an entry
>>into the NT loader file so that the Windows boot menu gives you the
>>options of which drive to boot from.
>I don't recall seeing an option to do that with Windows 2000 but it may
>not be a menu item?
The boot.ini file (if I've remembered the correct file) in the Windows
C:/ drive is read just before Windows boots up. In it are entries for
what windows will boot up. If you can understand how to refer to the
right drive and partition, you can add an entry for your Linux drive.
I will look at that.
There's a plethora of webpages describing how to do this. It
been in one of the Fedora FAQ websites.
I will check that if I can find the right search terms.
>There is an option offered right at the install start that I
Well, unless you tell us what it is, we won't be able to offer any
I will have to run the Windows install again to answer that, but the
opportunity is only there fro a few seconds after the install disk
starts, something about having another application to install I
believe? In this case the Windows installation is just a bother to me
since I'm primarily interested in getting his customer database set up
in FC4/MySql. I bought a copy of Navicat/Linux to get the gui, it seems
to work well.
My son-in-law has been putting customer information in a DOS program for
fifteen years and it has a lot of records! Unfortunately no one could
deal with the old database and I spent a number of weeks copying 4000
plus records, about 60,000 fields that I was able to copy/paste to
insure some degree of accuracy. The DOS program could not deal with the
Y2K transition and has been a problem since. The new system using MySql
should be a major improvement if he can adapt to the different interface.
The computer I'm working on was built by a piano tuner and a PBS-TV
video editor from parts bought at a "computer show!" It is less than
optimal but It works now, has about 400 megs of RAM and an 1100 mHz AMD
>I solved the problem by doing 'Linux rescue' from disk #1 and then
>'grub-install /dev/hda' to fix the problem. However I still don't
>understand why the Install/Upgrade routines that I ran several times
>did not accomplish this?
Again, without knowing exactly what you did, we can't really make a good
You haven't mentioned which drive you tried installing GRUB onto the
first time around. You only said you've put it onto *a* MBR, not which
Windows 2000 would not permit me to install it on the second drive. I
could enter all the configuration instructions but nothing happened
until I let it install on drive hd0, /dev/hda, and I assume that's where
the mbr is located that Fedora offered to install it in? Ultimately,
that is where I put it from the Linux rescue on FC4 disk #1. FC4 is
installed on hd1, /dev/hdb. Everything appears to be working, I've
installed XFCE, MySql, Navicat, etc. and have it connected to three
other here via Ethernet so I can transfer files as needed.
Again, thanks for the assistance.