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Jul 16, 2010

I have downloaded Fedora-13-x86_64-Live and burned it to a CD. Restarting the computer with the CD in the drive, it is simply ignored and Windows 7 boots normally

It's an HP Pavilion Slimline s5510f PC.

Operating System
Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)
Build Number 7600
DirectX Version 11


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Nov 14, 2010

I have a Dell Vostro with sda and sdb (the latter was installed by myself). I installed FC14 x86 64 onto sdb with /boot being on /dev/sdb8

I did not want to install grub onto /dev/sda as this is a shared machine. I thought that I would be able to use the BIOS's 'select boot device' to select the sdb disk and boot off that and get into FC that way.

fdisk verifies that /dev/sdb8 is marked as bootable and grub (via find /grub/stage1) confirms that it is installed on hd1,7 (ie /dev/sdb8)

However, no matter which hd is choosen as the boot device, Windows is always booted - I change the boot order to use: DVD, sdb, sda but it still boots Windows. It seems like the BIOS only wants to boot sda no matter what.

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