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No prompt for choosing os after fedora 18 install

asked 2013-03-03 12:02:22 -0500

Technog gravatar image

updated 2013-03-04 09:05:03 -0500

Installed Fedora 18 in a separate partitions alongside windows vista. Fedora install instructions said that the boot after install would prompt me for which os to bootup. However, no such prompt is displayed and windows vista always gets started. Does Fedora install grub during its install ?? Or do i have to install grub myself.

any idea of what might have gone wrong here ?

Here is my partition setup:

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048     3074047     1536000   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2   *     3074048   411568111   204247032    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       473202688   488396799     7597056   17  Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4       411568128   473202687    30817280    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       411570176   412594175      512000   83  Linux
/dev/sda6       412596224   473202687    30303232   8e  Linux LVM

Added: Contents of /etc/fstab: Strange, where is my swap partition ???

/dev/root / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 0 devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0 tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0

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Fedora installs grub at the end of the installation process. This could have been hindered if an error occurred. Can you please tell us what media you used to install fedora and if it reported any errors?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-03-03 18:50:44 -0500 )edit

Thats what i thought too. No error was reported on the install screen, however i do see a few error messages logged:Mar 3 20:42:56 localhost kernel: [35999.245528] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled Mar 3 20:42:56 localhost kernel: [35999.248289] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Asking for cache data failed Mar 3 20:42:56 localhost kernel: [35999.248297] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through Mar 3 20:42:56 localhost udisksd[1286]: Error opening /etc/crypttab file: Failed to open file '/etc/crypttab': No such file or directory (g-file-error-quark, 4) Mar 3 20:42:56 loc

Technog gravatar imageTechnog ( 2013-03-03 19:50:53 -0500 )edit

lousy formatting, but the previous msg about crypttab was repeated 3000 times !

Technog gravatar imageTechnog ( 2013-03-03 19:55:15 -0500 )edit

Please edit your original post to add your /etc/fstab contents.

ThomasMcA gravatar imageThomasMcA ( 2013-03-03 22:05:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-03-04 16:45:22 -0500

Technog gravatar image

updated 2013-03-04 16:56:24 -0500

  • Update * Problem has been resolved! I reinstalled fedora and this time grub was installed. On the subsequent boot, I did get the grub screen displaying fedora and windows. And I confirmed the install by running fedora and all seems to be good. So not sure what happened. I did not run into this problem installing Fedora 17 on a different laptop. That install did everything correctly.

Maybe its this new installer for 18, maybe a race condition in the new hub/spoke model?? If anyone in the fedora maintainer group would like some more info or logs, please feel free to reply to this post

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