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i am new to linux
my problem is I have two hard disks and one has windows XP
now I have installed fedora 9 on the other disk with dual boot
but at GRUB boot loader when I select windows, it starts and this appears
title Windows XP
then a cursor blinks thats it nothing happens
and also when I remove fedora disk and try to start XP it gives error as
grub boot disk error
what should i do I want XP first I have some data to back up
Here's a site that explains how to do the same, pretty similar to what you did but minor differences that might make the difference: http://www.linux.com/articles/113945
Let us know if it works or if you have other problems.
I have used lilo and grub. They make my head hurt. I run DOS, Kunbutu, Ubuntu, Gentoo and XP. Why DOS? I guess its because I still drive a '88 LSC MKVII, 94 Ranger, 95 Katana and 90 Suzuki Samari and they all live in the same garage. Actually XP and Vista,,, not that easy to use with grub. The chainloader syntax can be a royal pain.
The lazy way is to use Acronis disk director. Downside parting with $50 and putting in 25 digit activation code. Then the that thing with windows crashing hard. True image is another $50.
A hardware solution is a USB harddrive. If your computer will boot from a USB device that way works fine. I found this out after I bought Acronis. Linux can be configed to work on more than one computer. Changing moboards, video cards, NICs... are no problem with LINUX as long as it is 32bit OS, natually a 64bit Intel and a 64bit AMD dont interchange, no backwards compatable either. Let windows drive live inside the computer by itself, it needs the extra thruput anyway.
There is always more than one way, sometimes you just have try them all, because you can.
I ended up switching the hard disks, so Fedora is now in the master and XP in the slave, and now it's all working fine. I edited the grub.conf to match sethnap's config and I was able to boot Fedora and XP without problems. Thanks!