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I don't know exactly if this is the same thing but my Windows/ Linux booting is as follows.

If I select my 500GB (main drive with Windows) in BIOS as the first drive, I get my standard windows Bootloader. With it enabled it will act like I don't even have linux on here. I go into BIOS and set my 250GB Linux drive as the first drive, it boots with GRUB.
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post #12 of 18
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I don't know exactly if this is the same thing but my Windows/ Linux booting is as follows.

If I select my 500GB (main drive with Windows) in BIOS as the first drive, I get my standard windows Bootloader. With it enabled it will act like I don't even have linux on here. I go into BIOS and set my 250GB Linux drive as the first drive, it boots with GRUB.
You do what I consider the preferred way, although I question why you don't set grub to boot windows so you don't have to switch it in the bios. That would make your life much easier my friend. =P
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You do what I consider the preferred way, although I question why you don't set grub to boot windows so you don't have to switch it in the bios. That would make your life much easier my friend. =P
Motherboards with F10 or equivalent boot menu support don't make this a huge issue.
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Motherboards with F10 or equivalent boot menu support don't make this a huge issue.
That's secconds of time out of my life I want back, I hate waiting for the computer to boot. I'm a patient man until I have to sit there and wait for the damn post. It's even worse if I'm working on a project that requires me to reboot (kernel building, overclocking, drivers, re-installing OSX, something). Plus once you update grub2 it auto-detects everything (I think grub could too) and so you don't have to do any work. I run update-grub and it puts all the OSs in one bootloader, done.
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You do what I consider the preferred way, although I question why you don't set grub to boot windows so you don't have to switch it in the bios. That would make your life much easier my friend. =P

Every time you reinstalled Windows it would erase GRUB. It only takes me a couple of minutes to reinstall grub using my Arch live cd so I don't use this method anymore, but back when I was a Ubuntu noob I would do this.
    
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Every time you reinstalled Windows it would erase GRUB. It only takes me a couple of minutes to reinstall grub using my Arch live cd so I don't use this method anymore, but back when I was a Ubuntu noob I would do this.
What are you talking about? I dual boot drives and install each OS on a separate MBR, due to it being separate discs. I can then use grub to boot both drives, removing the need for an F10. I don't exactly understand why you bring up the point that every time you re-install Windows it erases the MBR. Generally Windows selects the MBR from the first disc, this being SATA1. So if I put Win on SATA1 and Debian (whatever) on SATA2 it won't ever over right the MBR. I can then make the bios boot from SATA2 and never have to change anything again. I've been doing this ever since I got two drives, removing the need to change any of the settings.
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What are you talking about? I dual boot drives and install each OS on a separate MBR, due to it being separate discs. I can then use grub to boot both drives, removing the need for an F10. I don't exactly understand why you bring up the point that every time you re-install Windows it erases the MBR. Generally Windows selects the MBR from the first disc, this being SATA1. So if I put Win on SATA1 and Debian (whatever) on SATA2 it won't ever over right the MBR. I can then make the bios boot from SATA2 and never have to change anything again. I've been doing this ever since I got two drives, removing the need to change any of the settings.
that doesnt work for multiple partitions on the same drive though
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that doesnt work for multiple partitions on the same drive though
I know, and I wasn't responding to that. Nathris was quoting my response about using separate drives. I'm well aware of how grub works, how it works for single drive machines. If you read all my responses in order you'd find out that I was referring to BlackHoleSon's posts when I was writing those responses. I don't even know why Nathris quoted me talking about Win re-writing the MBR. I know it does, the quote he used was a response to somebody talking about using multiple drives.

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