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I have done this before on one HDD but it was on a Desktop, now i am trying to do it on my Latop - with no success.
Basically I have a copy of Fedora Core 5 on DVD (bordeaux, code-named) and a Windows XP Home restore bootable CD that came with my Samsung laptop.
I installed WinXP Home first and created two partitions for FC5 at the start of the drive (20GB for '/' and 785MB for 'swap'). The rest, 60GB, went to Windows. I created the partitions with the Windows partition manager when i was installing it then when installing FC5 i formatted the partitions as / and SWAP and the boot loader recognised windows when FC5 installation completed.....
I thought, great....but no.....FC5 would boot into the desktop. But, when i selected WinXP Home it gave me a message:
and...obviously it doesn't boot Windows!
Does anyone have a guide to do this? Or am i missing something, as I say i'm just doing it on one HD. One 80GB Hd inside my Samsung V25 Laptop.
You didn't mention you had installed XP to a logical partition.
It still requires a primary partition to install its boot-critical files into. So it probably used the first one, which you subsequently overwrote.
I doubt this can be easily rectified.
You obviously confused Anaconda too as it's trying to boot the extended partition - yet another weakness in its logic.
Hi, i've tried hda0,0 .... or do you mean hd0,0 (NO A)???
I'll try that and see if that makes any difference.
Was my dump on my post above not enough info as to what was what on my hD? I had to write it down and type it in as I couldn't find grub.conf. I tried a locate grub.conf, but it gave me an error (couldn't find locate or something)
I don't know how that installer works. My advice;
- start again - delete all the partitions.
- install windows. Give it the 60 Gig - leave the rest unallocated.
- install Fedora into the unallocated space, partition it as part of the install.
Keep it simple, and let the installers (just) do their work.
thanks syg00, so does that mean i should partition the hard disk provisionally with windows? i.e. you are saying give Windows 60GB of the 80GB total and leave 20GB unallocated for Linux to install on? install windows, then install fc5 after partitioning on the unallocated space?