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Old 04-21-2009, 01:01 AM   #16
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As I stated before always defrag windows first before installing Linux
AS a windows user you should know that a windows file is scatter over the hard drive.
Beside that repartitioning is always tricky so you make it double tricky
And yes yoo can install linux boot loader in the root partition and alter windows boot.ini to boot linux
 
Old 04-23-2009, 01:47 AM   #17
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Hello mate,
I have tried installing GAG and booting from there. Unfortunately, nothing works. The screen freezes up after installing GAG. Its not allowing me to log into Linux itself. Somehow I used Fedora 10 cd to Rescue the system again. Now, GAG shows that there is Windows XP installed in the computer. But it doesn't boot from there. I thought of having dual operating system. But unfortunately Fedora 10 has become my primary OS (which is good). Azureus crashes while I am downloading something (which is not good). That is why I want to use windows again for downloads. Any ideas??? :-(
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:37 PM   #18
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If u can log into linux,may be ur linux lodr s not on root prtitn,n then if u can log n ur windows may be ts lodr was erased whn u instlng fedora.or all the problm s ur partiton,pleas chck ur prtton,try make ur windws partton actv.
 
Old 04-23-2009, 11:52 PM   #19
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songahige please do not post in "texting speak "
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If u can log into linux,may be ur linux lodr s not on root prtitn
If you can log into Linux , maybe your Linux bootloader is not on the root partition
 
Old 04-24-2009, 12:27 AM   #20
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Dont frgt 2 bckup ur data.thx vv,sory i jst log n 4rm my cllphon now ^_^
 
Old 04-24-2009, 12:29 AM   #21
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songahige some people that READ this forum USE GOOGLE to translate the pages and "text speak" WILL NOT TRANSLATE !!!
 
Old 04-24-2009, 12:46 AM   #22
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In your menu.lst, you have hiddenmenu enabled.

From the Grub manual
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When your terminal is dumb or you request GRUB to hide the menu interface explicitly with the command hiddenmenu (see hiddenmenu), GRUB doesn't show the menu interface (see Menu interface) and automatically boots the default entry, unless interrupted by pressing <ESC>.
Try commenting out hiddenmenu(add a hash at the begining) in menu.lst and see if you get the grub menu where you can select Windows.
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#hiddenmenu
 
Old 04-25-2009, 10:31 AM   #23
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Hello mate,
I tried the step which you suggested me to do. But it still doesn't work. Is there any Boot file in Windows that I can edit and make windows xp work again?
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:42 AM   #24
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1. Restart your computer with the Windows XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive.
2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive.
3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.
 
Old 04-25-2009, 12:18 PM   #25
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Hello mate,
Thanks for the reply. I tried this step long time back. But it still doesn't work mate. :-( When I boot my computer from the Windows XP cd, I cant see anything after that. The computer stops responding. Works fine when I boot from Vista DVD. What should I be doing now mate? :-(
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:21 PM   #26
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I'm not sure after reading through your posts exactly what your setup is??
You refer to being able to boot Fedora and NOT xp. You have three windows (ntfs) partitions - sda1, sda2 and sda5. What's on them? Was xp installed on sda1? Are the other two partitions data partitions? In your last post, refer to being able to boot with the vista DVD, do you have vista installed or can you just boot using the CD? (never used it so...?)

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Is there any Boot file in Windows that I can edit
boot.ini would be the file to edit in xp, google for how-to's.

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and make windows xp work again?
but I don't know if it will work again.

Last edited by yancek; 04-25-2009 at 06:07 PM.
 
Old 04-25-2009, 03:44 PM   #27
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When I boot my computer from the Windows XP cd, I cant see anthing after that.
That is very odd.

Here is an MS doc to run the fixmbr from the Vista DVD.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 07:18 AM   #28
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Hello yancek,
Thanks for your reply. I tried to copy the boot file from windows xp and pasted it in GRUB (in Linux). I know this sounds weird, but trust me. I didn't get the "BOOTMGR IS MISSING" error message. Instead I got something else. Here it the boot configuration for windows XP.


[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect





And here is my GRUB configuration for linux.



# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,6)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/sda
default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,6)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Fedora (2.6.27.21-170.2.56.fc10.i686)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.27.21-170.2.56.fc10.i686 ro root=UUID=688a95b8-5948-4cbb-b710-bd1481a2083c
initrd /initrd-2.6.27.21-170.2.56.fc10.i686.img
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
boot







Wat should I be doing now mate? Any suggestions???


Regards,
Vignesh.
 
Old 04-26-2009, 10:24 AM   #29
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The first part of your last post shows the 'boot.ini' file for xp which is sort of the equivalent of the menu.lst file in Grub. Your boot.ini shows 'partition(2)' which means windows sees itself on the second partition? Copying the boot.ini file from xp to the Grub /boot/grub/menu.lst file won't do anything. You might try changing your Grub entry in menu.lst to:

rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
 
Old 04-26-2009, 09:21 PM   #30
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Hello yancek,
First of all, Heaps to thanks to you. I did exactly what you told me to do. I edited the GRUB file and there you go... Windows XP is booting now. But I still have a problem. After I boot, I am able to see a blue screen with Windows XP logo on it (just before the log in screen). And it freezes there. :-( So 75% of the problem has been solved. Now just 25% of the problem is irritating me man. But I should thank you once again for the solution you gave me. Any suggestion on how to log into Windows and start using it?
Kindest Regards,
Vignesh.
 
  


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