How to change, alter, or completely remove Grub Boot Loader from Windows XP?
Posted 31 December 2004 - 01:25 AM
1st HD - WinXP (no partitions)
2nd HD - NTFS formatted; just for backup
3rd HD - Suse Linux 9.1 Personal
I installed the I installed Suse Linuz 9.1 mainly with default settings. I chose GRUB as the boot loader and also specified that I don't want install linux on my Windows drive. I then later found out that the GRUB MBR was installed in BOTH drives BUT the essential files for GRUB are only on my linux drive! So if I remove my Linux HDD, GRUB will throw disk errors at me and not boot windows (I think it kinda defeats the purpose of me installing Linux on a seperate drive) I played around with the boot settings in the control center in Suse 9.1 and I found an option where you can setup the Grub Loader on a floppy disk but I didn't finalize any of the settings and left them at default just to be safe that I don't screw anything up.
Other thing I don't understand:
When I boot my PC from the windows drive I get the nice GRUB splash screen and can choose linux or windows
When I boot my PC from the linux drive, I get the GRUB shell
Why is that?
Also, what can I do to "fix" my problem? There are two things I'd like to do:
1. Bring back the OLD configuration: Windows drive doesn't have GRUB just the default loader; Linux has GRUB;
-When I boot my PC w/o linux drive, windows loads instantly
-When I boot my PC w/ linux drive, GRUB loads and lets me choose linux/windows
2. Install full GRUB on both drives;
-When I boot my PC w/o linux drive, GRUB launches and lets me boot (only?) windows
-When I boot my pc w/ linux drive, GRUB launches and lets me boot linux or windows
Posted 31 December 2004 - 01:15 PM
First, you need to decide on one thing to do. You can either use the Grub bootloader all the time, or the Windows bootloader all of the time. You need to decide which you want.
I assume that you are changing the boot order in the bios to boot one or the other drive? I hope that you are not disconnecting drives and trying to boot that way?
Posted 02 January 2005 - 04:50 AM
Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:09 AM
Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:27 AM
i went onto the linux help site just type it into google and i found somebody else with the same problem.
somebody there said to try using a windows98 boot disk and then using the command fdisk/mbr so i tryed it, and the computer made a little whirring noise then i restarted and it loaded straight into windows, yeya!