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I don't know how to do that but I would guess that it does boot xp, since the blue task bar goes by and the welcome screen almost arrives. I used system rescue cd to boot (0,0) and it did the same thing.
I know that the 8 mb unallocated is nothing to do with the mbr cause I used ranish and it said that the mbr was separate. I also tried to use fdisk/mbr was gave the same results.
I believe I need to check the primary partition for errors like with a scan disk or something, or possibly use ubcd4win to solve the problem.
Could you give me your complete partition table on your system? Just run gparted live cd again, and maybe you could post the picture or describe it with something like this:
| | |
| 8 gb windows | 2 gb linux |
| | |
If you want to boot to your windows from live cd using my method, boot your gparted live cd:
it will give you prompt... when you hit enter, it will boot the linux kernel, and window manager and so on.......
but don't hit enter.... press c or e ( I don't remember )
You will get the grub shell and could try my method.
First: Use of partition magic or partition manager is highly recommended for such operations. If you want to use other file systems, format all linux partitions as ext3 in partition magic and then use gparted or qtparted or anything else to change the filesystem. Partition manager can also handle reiserfs.
Second: Windows XP usually leaves 7 mb unallocated at the end of the disk. I don't know why. It's probably a bug. However, you say that you have 7 mb at the beginning of the disk which makes me think that gparted might have read the partition table in a wrong way and then written down the wrong partition table to the mbr. I believe, though, that this is not the case here because you say that you can see the xp logo.
Third: Use microsoft's chkdsk to check this partition for errors. Boot from the XP cdrom, press R to enter the recovery console and run chkdsk. It will probably solve all of your problems.
Finally: If you can boot into xp (i.e. see the xp logo), there is no reason to try these grub commands.
To me it seems that you need to reinstall your wxp and I don't think you need such a large page file for windows, besides windows will create one on the available drives anyway; you do not need a separate partition for this. Personally (I build computers for a living) I set up a hard drive for windows and linux as follows:
in case you need acces to a common storage partition from both os it would look something like this:
C:\ drive for wxp to live on 10 to 15 Gb is heaps! (including its page file) use ntfs.
install wxp there and then boot up your live distro and partition the rest of your hard drive with either qtparted or gparted (I am unfamiliar with the latter) as follows:
this will make it as easy accesible in linux as in windows. I know this has a security risk as anyone can modify and all, but not more than it already had under wxp.
in order to save space on your windows xp partition you should install all non hardware related software on the fat32 partition (not on C:\) I personally install all drivers and related software on C:\ including some system utilities like a firewall and anti virus software. all the rest on the storage partition.
The gparted liveCD is fine for resizing NTFS.
However the partition used for booting (usually C: in M$oft parlance) can't have its starting location physically moved. You have to "shrink" from the end, not the start.