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Old 08-14-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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I need to know how to dual-boot my machine with SUSE 9.1 and Windows XP.


On my recently bought machine, I installed Windows XP and then SUSE 9.1. I have no idea how to make the machine dual-boot; the only options in the boot loader are Linux and Failsafe. I know how to add options to the boot loader, but I don't know what to put under a new "Windows" option in order to get it to boot Windows XP. If this is any help, this is how my hard drive is partitioned:

/dev/hda 232.8 GB WD2500j0-75HBC0 0 30393
/dev/hda1 54.9 MB Dell Utility 0 0
/dev/hda2 232.7 GB Extended 7 30391
/dev/hda3 15.6 MB Win95 FAT32 LBA 30392 30393
/dev/hda5 1.0 GB Linux Swap 7 137
/dev/hda6 231.7 GB Linux native (Reiser) / 138 30391

Can anyone help? Even better, could someone willing to help provide their AIM screen name (or any other protocol) so we can talk more efficiently? Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Hrothgar15; 08-14-2005 at 05:53 PM.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 12:34 PM   #2
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You'll have to edit grub and add windows as an option to boot.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 12:36 PM   #3
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hi there,
post your bootloader config file and we will help you.
and don't use urgent in the title.. it is not urgent for anybody here.. today is sunday and people come here to offer help ....
regards,
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Old 08-14-2005, 12:39 PM   #4
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Run Yast
Choose System=>Boot loader Configuration
See if windoze is there, if not add it to configuration and reboot
 
Old 08-14-2005, 12:46 PM   #5
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No, Windows is not listed as an option. Here is my config file. Sorry about putting "Urgent" in the topic title, but it's kind of scary not being able to get into the Windows XP I paid so much for.

# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sun Aug 14 06:39:59 2005


gfxmenu (hd0,5)/boot/message
timeout 8
default 0

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Linux###
title Linux
kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent desktop
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Failsafe###
title Failsafe
kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd
 
Old 08-14-2005, 12:54 PM   #6
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Yast=>System=>Boot loader Configuration
Select "available section" =>Edit
Add
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is another Solution. Let SuSe retest MBR.
Run Installation from DVD/CD
Choose Repair Installed system
Select Automatic Repair
(or manual if you feel confident enough)
 
Old 08-14-2005, 01:02 PM   #7
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Yes, I understand how to add sections to the boot loader. I do not, however, know what to put under a "Windows" section. What should the root be? What should the other options be? How can I find out this information? Also, do you think it would be possible to talk through instant messenger, as it's faster? My screen name is Hrothgar15.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 01:03 PM   #8
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hi there
Quote:
Originally posted by Hrothgar15
Sorry about putting "Urgent" in the topic title, but it's kind of scary not being able to get into the Windows XP I paid so much for.
no problem.. try to avoid next time.
Quote:
Originally posted by Hrothgar15

gfxmenu (hd0,5)/boot/message
timeout 8
default 0

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Linux###
title Linux
kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x31a resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent desktop
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: Failsafe###
title Failsafe
kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd

title windows
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
the "noverify" is an option..
edit and tell us what happened..
regards
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Old 08-14-2005, 01:09 PM   #9
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Alright, I did just that. However, when I chose the "Windows" option, it took me to a Text-based version of GRUB with the same options. When I choose Windows, the screen blinks for a millisecond but does absolutely nothing. If I choose Linux, it boots perfectly. Does this have something to do with the MBR, or something? I really don't want to have to send back my computer and get a new one.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 01:14 PM   #10
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hi there,
Quote:
Originally posted by Hrothgar15
Alright, I did just that. However, when I chose the "Windows" option, it took me to a Text-based version of GRUB with the same options. When I choose Windows, the screen blinks for a millisecond but does absolutely nothing. If I choose Linux, it boots perfectly. Does this have something to do with the MBR, or something? I really don't want to have to send back my computer and get a new one.
sorry, i don't boot windows myself.. got problems trying to figure the problem out...
you need to add as the following - i think...
Code:
title windows
rootnoverify(hd0,2)
chainloader +1
chainloader +1 - this will pass the information to windows that its bootloader is ok to go..

regards
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Old 08-14-2005, 01:14 PM   #11
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Here is another option
Use 3rd party boot manager like GAG boot loader. Works great. Setup is gui and easy
http://gag.sourceforge.net/

Last edited by SlackerLX; 08-14-2005 at 01:20 PM.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 01:48 PM   #12
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Now, when I select Windows, it says this:

rootnoverify (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
This is not a bootable disk. Please insert a bootable floppy and press any key to continue.

 
Old 08-14-2005, 01:52 PM   #13
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hi there,
i don't know...
where did you install windows?
if your windows is in the extended partition you should change the grub option to
rootnoverify(hd0,1)
keep posting. i am sure we are almost there.
regards
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Old 08-14-2005, 02:02 PM   #14
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OK, I changed it to (hd0,0), and when I selected it, it said "Starting Windows 95," but then it said this:

Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)
C>

What the heck? Why is Windows 95 starting, when I have XP? Also, what if Linux accidentally deleted Windows? My computer came with XP preinstalled, so I have no CD. The Dell people are refusing to send it to me. What should I do? Does this have anything to do with this "MBR" I keep hearing about?
 
Old 08-14-2005, 02:49 PM   #15
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hi there,
nope. as i see has nothing to do with mbr.
how did you install linux and how you configured your bootloader during the installation is the most important thing. choosing (hd0,0) you will get this dell utility partition. this is probably some kind of recovery system.
like i wrote before, what happens if you give rootnoverify (hd0,1) ?
another question: did you try to mount your windows partition when booted into linux? what do you see?
keep posting..
regards
slackie1000
 
  


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