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2011-11-26 22:04:26 -0600 commented answer Dual Boot Problem: F16 grub2 boots HP recovery partition

OK. The output of os-prober is:

2011-11-22 20:10:09 -0600 commented answer Dual Boot Problem: F16 grub2 boots HP recovery partition

(Sorry but I can only post so many characters in one comment) The carriage returns appear to be missing above but you can see the set root = '(hd0,0)'. But grub2 still boots into the HP-Recovery mode.

2011-11-22 20:07:41 -0600 commented answer Dual Boot Problem: F16 grub2 boots HP recovery partition

BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober

menuentry "Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os { insmod part_msdos insmod fat set root='(hd0,0)' search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7bee-6255 drivemap -s (hd0) ${root} chainloader +1 }

END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober

2011-11-22 20:06:16 -0600 commented answer Dual Boot Problem: F16 grub2 boots HP recovery partition

The documentation I read: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/grub-2.html Following is the relevant section of my /boot/grub2/grub.cfg file:

2011-11-21 22:28:39 -0600 asked a question Dual Boot Problem: F16 grub2 boots HP recovery partition

I installed F16 on the internal USB drive of my HP Pavilion m7480n PC. WinXP is installed on the C-drive. The C-drive labeled HPPavilion has an 8 GB partition labeled HPRecovery. In F16 fdisk -l I can identify the partitions as follows:

 Windows Drive:
 HP-Pavilion /dev/sda1 *Boot ID=7 size=292 GB
 HP_Recovery /dev/sda2 ID=c size=8GB

 USB drive with Fedora 16:
 /dev/sdb1 *Boot ID=83 size=500 MB
 /dev/sdb2 ID=8E size=300 GB

When I boot the PC the grub2 menu comes up. If I select Fedora 16 it boots fine, but if I select Windows, grub2 boots HP-Recovery instead of WinXP. I've read the grub2 documentation but it's either outdated or not applicable to F16. I would appreciate any help toward fixing this problem. Thank you!

Nov. 26, 2011 OK. The output of os-prober is:

[root@localhost grub.d]# os-prober rmdir: failed to remove `/var/lib/os-prober/mount': Device or resource busy /dev/sda2:Windows NT/2000/XP:Windows:chain

The contents of /boot/grub2/device.map is:

this device map was generated by anaconda

(hd0) /dev/sda (hd1) /dev/sdf (hd1,1) /dev/sdf1

December 5, 2011 OK. I followed the suggestion and it worked - sort of. When I rebooted and the GRUB menu came up, lo and behold there was an entry for Windows XP! But when I selected Windows XP, GRUB came back with an error: "Error file not found". I have no idea who or what was looking for a file. The following is an excerpt from the "fdisk -l" command: [root@localhost Documents]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0xcab10bee

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 607610429 303805183+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 607610493 625137344 8763426 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

I assume the disk uuid (as per the suggestion) for my case is "cab10bee". This is the value I used in my MenuEntry in 40_custom. I did a grub-mkconfig command. It worked and the new entry showed up in the grub.cfg file.

December 7, 2011 Well, we seem to be making progress. I put the correct uuid in 40_custom and then recreated grub.cfg as follows:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

I then rebooted, the Grub menu came up and I selected Windows XP. I was then prompted: "Press any key to continue...". So i pressed the enter key and the Grub menu came back. At this point, as long as I choose Windows XP the only thing that happens is the "Press any key to continue..." prompt. If I choose Fedora 16, then Fedora 16 will boot normally. So I still can't boot Windows XP using grub2.

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2011-11-16 18:50:16 -0600 asked a question Fedora 16 has faulty desktop display

I just installed Fedora 16 and the installation went smoothly. When the desktop comes up however the display is faulty. Letters on the display are missing. The Firefox icon for example is labeled "F r fox". The black banner on the top is either transparent or invisible. The icon buttons are there but are invisible unless I pass the mouse cursor over them. If I bring up a terminal window it displays OK and the Firefox browser displays OK. The faulty patchy appearance makes the desktop extremely hard to navigate.