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#1 Futs

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 02:58 AM

I have a small second machine running for the moment as my gateway/server
there is 2 x 20gig hdd inside I want to install either Win2003server/WinXP on the one and the other Fedora.
I have set the boot-up devices as follows ist- CD-Rom, 2nd- Maxtor, 3rd- Seagate
now doesn't matter how I install (linux, Server or Server, Linux) there is no dual boot option availible. when I install Linux, Server it doesn't see an OS on the first drive and skips to the second where server is installed.

When I do it the other way around server, linux it boots from the linux boot-loader
but doesn't show any other OS besides Fedora.
When I change the boot devices around (swap the maxtor and seagate) in the bios
then it boots from Server. Yet I don't wanne go into the bios, change the boot sequence just in order to boot from Server/Linux.

Is there any other way to do this, or rather is there a correct way to do this ;)
does the MBR have to be formated via linux or server? and if I place the MBR on hda what should be installed first?

Appreciate any help
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Posted 25 June 2005 - 08:44 AM

Hi Futs.

Have a look at Multibooting in Windows XP Made Easy.

Correct Installation Order is Essential
The order of installation is critical if you want a successful multiboot installation. In general terms, install non–Microsoft operating systems and earlier versions of the Windows operating system first.


Hope that helps.

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 04:10 PM

Thanx for the reply Leurgy, I'll have a look at the link :thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:
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Posted 26 June 2005 - 10:03 AM

Have you tried editing the boot-loader for Linux to include the Windows install?

I'm not sure about GRUB, but I know LILO is very easy to edit.

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:15 AM

I got it working thnx for the replies, I formatted the secondary drive, booted from the Fedora cd installed all (2.5h text installation ;P) and at the grub boot option I had to make the hda-Unknown as the primary OS, seing as when I select Fedora as the first boot option it doesn't load.
after that all seems to be ok, had some other difficulty with a pci display adapter, but that is for another day maybe I'll throw that away completely

Thnx again
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