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Old 12-17-2008, 12:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problem dual booting Win xp and Fedora

Hello i want to set up a dual boot with Win xp on my 250gig and Fedora 10 on my 80gig hard drive. I installed windows on my 250gig and i installed Fedora Core 7 on my 80gig and all was successful and i could boot to either os. I then decided i wanted to change from FC7 to Fedora 10 so i burned fedora 10 to dvd and installed it and got all the way to the boot screen but when i try to boot to fedora 10 i get Error 17:cannot mount selected partition, and when i try to boot to windows i get Error 13: Invalid or unsupported excutable format. If i reinstall Fedora Core 7 over 10 it solves the problem and i can then boot perfectly again to either operating system. I think it may be something to do with the grub boot loader but im not sure. I also just tried installing Fedora 9 x6_64 Dvd and when it got to the boot loader it only said GRUB_ and i could not do anything. Maybe im installing the wrong version? :/ My Cpu is a intel ACPI x86-based pc. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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I think the problem may be caused by GRUBs ability to alter the active status of a partition.

Next time when installing FC10, do not allow grub to be automatically installed. Do this manually, by adding the different drives and partitions for each OS. Also ensure that the "make partition active" check box is set for the XP partition.
Old 12-17-2008, 04:53 AM   #3
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If you could post fdisk -l it might help. I agree that the boot order has been changed or grub location.
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Yeah, im almost positive now that i just have to manually add the drives and partitions into grub instead of letting it do it auto. Ive just never used a boot loader before so im gonna have to read up on doing this.



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