Urgent: I need to know how to dual-boot my machine with SUSE 9.1 and Windows XP.
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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:
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 ....
Yast=>System=>Boot loader Configuration
Select "available section" =>Edit
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)
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.
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.
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...
chainloader +1 - this will pass the information to windows that its bootloader is ok to go..
i don't know...
where did you install windows?
if your windows is in the extended partition you should change the grub option to
keep posting. i am sure we are almost there.
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)
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?
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?