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Old 01-21-2004, 03:54 PM   #1
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Trouble getting Windows XP to dual boot with Fedora using GRUB


I am trying to dual boot Fedora and XP Pro, on my laptop. I've looked all over the forum, and every solution that I have found does not work. Currently my configuration for XP is set at:


rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

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But whenever I choose XP, I keep getting an error that says


"Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format"

and then it takes me back to the GRUB loader screen.


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This is how I have my drive partitioned:

hda1 Linux ext3 boot partition 106.93 MB
hda2 Fedora Core 20966.24 MB
hda3 NTFS 17824.19 MB
hda4 Linux Swap 1110.42 MB

the swap is a lil out of order there but that wouldn't prevent windows from loading would it?
 
Old 01-21-2004, 04:11 PM   #2
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According to your partition scheme, I think your Windows partion should be specified as follows:

rootnoverify(hd0,2)
chainloader +1

The way you have it now, it is trying to boot your Linux partition.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 04:19 PM   #3
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I have tried that.

But whenever I do that, It just reboots the computer.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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Try the following:

title=Win XP
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
chainoader (hd0,2) +1
 
Old 01-21-2004, 05:28 PM   #5
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Just tried that. Had the same result...
 
Old 01-21-2004, 09:05 PM   #6
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It may be that you do not have NTFS file support enabled in the kernel. Check to make sure it supported. The option is under:

File systems --> NTFS file system support (read only).

Enable this and recompile the kernel. Create a new kernel image after the compilation and boot from this image.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 11:26 PM   #7
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I'm fairly new to non-remote linux operations. How exactly do I do this?
 
Old 01-22-2004, 04:08 AM   #8
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It has nothing to do with ntfs support in the kernel, did you by chance resized the winxp ntfs partition to make room for linux using something such as Partition Magic?
 
Old 01-22-2004, 02:57 PM   #9
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no. but I decided that I'm just going to redo it all from scratch. I hadn't put anything i needed on either OS yet, so I'm just reinstalling both of them. I'll see if I can get it working this time..
 
Old 01-22-2004, 03:02 PM   #10
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Just before you do that, try this

title=Windows XP
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
 
Old 01-22-2004, 03:07 PM   #11
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I had already tried that....


It gave me some device not found error or something. I've already started redoing everything.

I installed XP first this time. The linux installer recognized the NTFS partition, so I'm assuming it will work..
 
Old 01-22-2004, 03:19 PM   #12
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well ok, btw, i am not a big advocate of lilo but you should try it. since the setup is a bit easier to read:

# The next two lines are only if you dualboot with a Windows system.
# In this case, Windows is hosted on /dev/hda6.
other=/dev/hda6
label=windows
 
Old 01-22-2004, 03:24 PM   #13
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Tried Lilo as well. It didn't work.
 
  


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