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grub hanging on boot

From: Todd Kennedy
Subject: grub hanging on boot
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:42:21 -0400
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I'm having a problem with a dual-boot system running Grub.

I'm running Redhat 9.0, and GRUB version .93.  I am also running Windows XP.

I have redhat on the second device (/dev/hdb) and Windows on the primary device (/dev/hda)

/boot/grub/device.map :
(fd0)     /dev/fd0
(hd0)     /dev/hda
(hd1)     /dev/hdb

Redhat originally installed GRUB on the first hard drive, which works fine. But when I try to run VMWare with the Windows that is installed on that drive, it starts to boot and then hangs, printing just GRUB on the screen.

So I installed GRUB on /dev/hdb and made a copy of the boot sector with
dd if=/dev/hdb of=redhat.mbr bs=512 count=1

then I copied that file over to my windows partion, removed GRUB from the MBR on /dev/hda and added the mbr copy to the windows boot menu so I could use the XP boot loader to start and then switch into GRUB only when I'm running Linux, so it wouldn't hang in my VMWare session.

Windows XP boots fine, but when I select the Redhat OS from the XP boot menu, I get the damning GRUB printed out and then it just hangs.

The FAQ says this may be something due to >32GB drives, but both drives are 80GB and it works fine from /dev/hda

Is there anyway around this, or has anyone figured out a solution to either having grub on /dev/hda and getting VMWare to work or having GRUB on /dev/hdb and getting it to boot when selected from the windows xp boot loader?

Thank you for your time.

Todd Kennedy

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