Re: grb -> MBR question
- From: Beowulf <beowulf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 12:34:54 -0600
Yes, you need to tell the BIOS to boot first from the secondary harddrive on
the first ide slot (hdb), or you could try to modify the ms-bootloader to give
you the option to choose what to boot (you can't boot linux with it, you
need to load grub from the ms-bootloader), there are quite many web pages
telling how to do this, so just use google to find one.
As long as it's on hdb, the microsft crappy installer wouldn't do anything to
it. A better option could be to switch the harddrives, so linux is on hda and
microsoft on hdb, have the bootloader on hda's mbr, each time you need to
reinstall microsoft (once a month or so), you disable the hda in the bios, so
that the computer will only find the hdb and that way microsoft will only
restore the mbr on the hdb, when the hour and half has passed that it takes to
install, you enable hda in the BIOS and everything works as it did the
previous time you had to reinstall microsoft.
Of course there would be other options, like run microsoft in
bochs/vmware/win4lin and you don't get the problem and you still able to use
all the nice linux programs at the same time as you run those microsoft programs.
Thank you for the nice response, I feel like I am starting to learn some
advanced booting info about MBR, grub, etc. It is something that needs to
be understood when using dual boot system; if the bootloader is messed up
that can get someone into trouble, so I want to get a handle on this topic.
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