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Dual boot Windows 8 + Fedora 18 / GRUB is missing

asked 2013-03-30 15:18:45 -0600

Stefan gravatar image

updated 2013-07-08 06:04:19 -0600

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I have got a new notebook with preinstalled MS Windows 8 (64 bit). Boot mode was set to Legacy Bios and Secure Boot is disabled.

I have installed Fedora 18 (64 bit) into a new partition on C: for dual-booting. Let's have a look at the partitions: /boot, sda7 /boot/efi, sda5 /root swap

My problem: I cannot boot Fedora because GRUB is missing (where I can choose Fedora). Only Windows starts. EasyBCD is installed and works fine, but only Windows 8 is found. There I cannot make a functional entry for Fedora. Where is my GRUB and does it work?.

Kindly regards, Stefan

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answered 2013-03-31 10:20:50 -0600

M0εiπ gravatar image

updated 2013-04-01 10:49:51 -0600

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then try this command :

grub2-install /dev/sda

by this command, grub2 will be written on the MBR of your first Hard Drive( not first partition) , it is not neccessary to determine the partition because each Hard drive has one unique MBR.

for example if you had two hard drives and you wanted to insert grub2 at the MBR of your second Hard drive, the command would be : grub2-install /dev/sdb


it is finished and now you can restart the system to see the changes

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> ... insert Fedora DVD and choose troubleshoot.

That sounds good. However, I cannot find the option "Rescue installed System" on my F18-DVD. I have downloaded and installed the 916 MB image for 64-bit PCs. Any idea?

Stefan gravatar imageStefan ( 2013-03-31 13:15:14 -0600 )edit

it is "Rescue a fedora system" in fedora 18

M0εiπ gravatar imageM0εiπ ( 2013-03-31 18:00:11 -0600 )edit

you can read the edited answer above for more details

M0εiπ gravatar imageM0εiπ ( 2013-03-31 18:01:39 -0600 )edit

Traditionally, the "DVD image" is DVD-sized and has the word "DVD" in the file name. The ~1GB live images are not the DVD image, do not have the word DVD in the file name, and do not offer rescue mode. However, the netinstall iso does have rescue mode.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-07-12 10:10:45 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-07-07 23:18:49 -0600

I remember facing a similar issue long back which was fixed by issuing the following command

grub-install --recheck /dev/hda

replace hda by sda or anything that is the hard drive with grub installed.

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This is too long back to be relevant.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-07-12 10:12:09 -0600 )edit

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