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Old 05-23-2006, 01:12 AM   #1
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Dual boot WindowsXP and Xubuntu, on diffrent HD's

I have windows XP Pro, and XUbuntu on two seperate, 20 gigabite HD's. Any idea how to make it work? I tried all sorts of jumper settings, IDE cable placments, etc. I want it to have hte Linux, for hosting, but still have WinXP for Photoshop and those sort of tasks. Anyone have any ideas?
Old 05-23-2006, 01:55 AM   #2
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Just install both OS's on computer. Easiest way is to install them on separate HD's. Make the linux driver master so it boot that first. Then edit /boot/grub/menu.lst to boot the windows partition:

title Windows
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader (hd1,0)+1

That should work.
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I tried that, but when I try to save it, it says it's can't open to write. .. Is there something I need to install here, or..?

edit: Okay, I got in with sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst" and added that bit to the end, but it didn't work. It saved okay, but when re-booting, I still didn't get the option. Is there a spacific way I need to arrange the two HD's in the computer? One primary master, one primary slave, or one primary master, and one secondary master, etc? Appologies, and thankyou for the help

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Old 05-24-2006, 06:47 AM   #4
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For linux the hd is totally irrelevant. There is no necessity to change your hardware. Win used to like or even demand the first master. Easiest to give it that and have it shut up . Put linux second on its disk (it doesn't care where). Had you given information about your distro *hrmph* (btw. what about this or that?) it would be easier to help -- e.g. SuSE makes all the necessary entries automatically ... Was there nothing at all in the boot menu after you edited it?

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What is missing here is how Windows and Linux got installed to the two drives. For example, were both drives in place when Linux--and the bootloader--were installed?

Can you boot into Windows?
When you boot--by any method--do you see a grub or lilo menu with any choices?
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The computer had WinXP Pro on it to begin with, at which point I removed that HD at put in a diffrent, where I installed XUbuntu. Then decided that I could probably dual-boot, so put them both in.

Right now, I have Linux as Primary Master, and Windows as Primary slave.
When I boot, it goes right into loading XUbuntu. If you hit Esc while it says "Grub boot loading" (Or something close to it), I can get into a list of things. I can load Xubuntu 15-23-386, or XUbuntu 15-20-386 (Which is what it was before I dist-upgrade).
But there's no windows option...
Old 05-25-2006, 03:02 AM   #7
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follow Zmyrgel's instruction
start ubuntu
sudo kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
(or whatever way you can edit /boot/grub/menu.lst with root privilege)
that is edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the Zindows entry
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I have win XP pro installed as primary master and i want to install the Slackware Linux on another hd as secondary master Is it possible ??
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Originally Posted by dante01010
I have win XP pro installed as primary master and i want to install the Slackware Linux on another hd as secondary master Is it possible ??
Yes, install slackware. Then install lilo to the MBR of primary master and edit it to include windows (easily done with the advanced lilo installation option).


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