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Ark Linux Alpha 10/Windows 98 dual boot help

Posted on 2004-04-11
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Computer:
1999 Gateway Essential
Windows 98SE
Pentium III 450 MHZ
144 MB SDRAM
C: 2.1 GB (200 MB free) Status Active
D: 2.1 GB (626 MB free) Status Active
E: 6.0 GB [2.1 GB FAT 32 w/ 1.2 GB free] Status Active
              [376 MB Linux Swap] Status None
              [3.6 GB Ark Linux Ext3] Status None

GhettoPC, i know.
ok, i have Ark Linux 10 (i dont have the newest alpha yet) completely installed on my second slave drive. as you can see that slave drive has FAT 32 on it as well. When i boot my computer it goes directly to Win98, totally bypassing GRUB. Which was installed along with Linux, for i have the Knoppix Live Linux CD and can access the Linux HD partition and found the grub.conf.
what do i need to do to get the bootloader to work so i can have a dual boot pc?

Do i need to make either both or one of the Linux Swap and Linux Ext3 partiions "Active"?
Is GRUB not loading because i have Linux installed on a slave drive? obviously im new to Linux...

here is the contents of the grub.conf file:

default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd2,2)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Ark Linux H2O (1.0 alpha10)      
root (hd2,2)
# Adding ,ypan or ,ywrap after mtrr in the line below will speed up
# text mode quite a bit -- unfortunately it doesn't work at all on some
# old hardware.      
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.23-2ark ro root=/dev/hdd3 vga=791 video=vesa:pmipal,mtrr splash=silent  hda=ide-scsi      
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.23-2ark.img
title Windows 95/98/ME      
rootnoverify (hd0,0)      
chainloader +1


please help.
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You don't need to make anything active. Grub should take care of this. Is it possible that you did not install the Grub bootloader in the MBR of your first disk? You should boot into Linux and run this command as root user:
grub-install /dev/hda

This will install the bootloader in the bootsector of the first disk.
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by:vince2k3
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to make sure i follow you...
use my Knoppix Live CD...go into Konsole...
after i type "su", type "grub-install /dev/hda"
correct? and it wont affect my Win98?

i say "use Knoppix" because thats the only way i know to run Linux at the moment.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Not quite: You need to mount your root (and potentially boot) partition of the system that is installed before you run the grub-install command. Do you know how to do that?
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by:vince2k3
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sorry not really.
if i had to guess i'd say
grub>  root (hdx)
grub> setup (hdx)

?

maybe thats not too close and i have no clue what to put where the x is.
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by:vince2k3
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lol i figured it out.
Ark Linux was confused by the way i had my hard drives installed i guess...since i had the E drive which was supposed to house my Linux partition on the same fifo as my cd burner (Fdrive) Ark Linux kept installing GRUB into the MBR (or at least attempting to) of my first slave drive (D)...
so i unplugged D drive, reinstalled Ark Linux onto what was then the D drive since the original one was gone...and it then installed GRUB into the correct MBR....and i plugged the other slave drive back up and everything is working good.
even though i figured it out... you did come by to help and gave me some ideas you get the points.

ViNce
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