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Yes I did.

I had to uninstall the Vista Bootloader.

I was successful, but I just rebooted and without actually finishing going into windows I just restarted (being so happy it was gone) and I began the fedora install.

It didn't execute grub so I still didn't get grub to load but the vista loader is gone.

The weird thing is that when I booted into windows it said that it found a generic volume and that the stuff was ready to be used so should I reinstall for the 3rd time?

Or am I missing somthing. All 3 partitions are setup within the 99GB that was left which is a 256MB /boot, ~96,000MB / (root), and a 2048MB swap.
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You should go back again and re-format from a Fedora Core install disc.

Make sure you put your bootloader on the first partition in the drive and also make sure that that partition is set to default in the boot loader options.
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Well, in my succession of deleting the boot manager for windows vista and restoring my pc's boot manager to normal, I have encountered a problem with installing Fedora.

I can install the operating system fine, but when it comes to GRUB being successfully operational this is where the problems step in.

When install Fedora everything goes well, so I highly doubt that there's anything wrong with the CD or the installation process. I think there's somthing wrong with what I'm doing but before that, possibly the wrong type of formatting or something (i'm not sure).

Now, here's where my suspicion comes in, when I was going to get rid of the Boot Loader, I was reading around to see how I could delete the boot manager and I read a command:
Quote:
D:\\boot\\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force
Now, after I ran that command () I learned the commands and what they mean:

Quote:
/nt52

Applies the master boot code that is compatible with NTLDR to SYS,
ALL, or <DriveLetter>. The operating system installed on SYS, ALL, or
<DriveLetter> must be older than Windows Vista.
Quote:
ALL

Updates the master boot code on all partitions. ALL does not
necessarily update the boot code for each volume. Instead, this
option updates the boot code on volumes that could be used as Windows
boot volumes, which excludes any dynamic volumes that are not
connected with an underlying disk partition. This restriction is
present because boot code must be located at the beginning of a disk
partition.
Quote:
/force

Forcibly dismounts the volume(s) during the boot code update. You
should use this option with caution.
If Bootsect.exe cannot gain exclusive volume access then the file
system may overwrite the boot code before the next reboot.
Bootsect.exe always attempts to lock and dismount the volume before
each update. When /force is specified, a forced dismount is attempted
if the initial lock attempt fails. A lock can fail, for example, if
files on the target volume are currently opened by other programs.
When successful, a forced dismount allows exclusive volume access and
a reliable boot code update even though the initial lock failed. At
the same time, a forced dismount invalidates all open handles to files
on the target volume. This could result in unexpected behavior from
the programs that opened these files. Therefore, you should use this
option with caution.
http://pointerx.net/blogs/glozano/ar...ows-Vista.aspx

So I just learned what this means, and I'm still not sure what I did, I have a slight idea but if someone could point me to what the hell I did, I think that would fix the problem of me not being able to use my bootloader for Fedora (GRUB).
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Does grub not even show up?
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Does grub not even show up?
Nope, not at all.

To add to a list of problems, I installed the boot loader to two hard drives, my RAID Array HDD and my Single SATA drive although all the other data was going to the RAID array. If I want to boot up as my Single SATA it gives me a NTDLR Is missing Error.

Does that help any?
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Well I know that a RAID in Linux can be tricky, but I don't think that is would is causing the problem. What drive is Fedora on, he RAID or the single sata? Which ever one it is on is the one your going to want to be first in the boot order in the BIOS. I know your probably sick of installing but I'd try putting in the first CD again and forward to the GRUB setup and really check out all the options and then go from there.
Also I've heard a lot of people complain about Fedora's GRUB, seems it might have a bug or something, since I myself and many others have went through an error that either got rid of GRUB or would only let you boot to Fedora.
If a problem still continues then I'd just try something else to if it works. Either another distro you might have around or try Ubuntu, its only one CD and its a pretty fast install. This would just be to see if GRUB would work and see if its just Fedora or the MBR.
Also maybe before the re-install of anything I'd try to fix the MBR with the windows CD. That might help fix something that got deleted when uninstalling the vista boot loader. Other than that I'm out of ideas for now.
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Originally Posted by Squeeky View Post
np man i pwn linux lol. you can checkout my faqs for stuff if u get stuck for divx mp3 support etc. I wrote them with suse but a few changed will work for fedora
Oh, a Linux pwner huh? Put those FAQs in your sig! I wanna see em. Linux pwns me; i'm a noob lol
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Oh, a Linux pwner huh? Put those FAQs in your sig! I wanna see em. Linux pwns me; i'm a noob lol
Under someones REP it'll say "FAQs Submitted: #" if they've ever summited a FAQ, just click on the number and it'll show only that persons FAQs.
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post #19 of 31
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Eh, nothing .

I fixed the MBR and no go.
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Windows is notorious for messing with your computer completly when it comes to bootloaders. I would just make sure that you dont have conflicting MBRs. That happened to me once and was a pain to figure out how to fix. In the installation of fedora core it should give you an advanced options for installing the GRUB correctly. Make sure that you set the correct partiton to be the MBR. Also, with raid, make sure you enable raid from the bios or have that set up propeerly before you go installing, but im sure you do.
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