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Old 03-28-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
Mr.Miles
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Trying to install Dual-Boot with AVLinux and Windows XP


I've made a couple attempts at installing these OS's on my machine and am still not getting it. I've actually been using AVLinux for about the past nine months, and it's working fairly well. And, yes, I know XP is down for the count, but for the moment it's the only MS option available to me - and I *need* to get it running for some work related web stuff...

This is all on a 32 bit AMD system btw.

What I've tried: Everything on one SATA drive. Partition one formatted to NTFS (about 20GB) for XP. Partitions 2 and 3 are Root and Home for AVLinux, Partition 4 at the end of the drive as the /swap for AVL.

All the how-to's and guides I've been able to come across point to (usually) Mint or Ubuntu's install dialog, and to select "something else" - which, by the way, is not a function of AVLinux's installation procedure. During install you can install GRUB to the MBR *or* root partition..

So, just to clarify to procedure (as I might have it now, but am very unsure) XP gets installed first (which is done at this point...) then my Linux distro *to the MBR* (?) then I need to add a stanza to GRUB telling it where XP lives? XP is not showing up on GRUB as I'm doing it, but I'm not too sure if installing Linux to the MBR (on the same physical drive as XP) actually wipes out the Windows bootloader....and if so, how chainloading would actually work...

So, any help appreciated, thanks.
 
Old 03-28-2015, 03:20 PM   #2
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Are you trying to install another Linux distribution in addition to the AVLinux? If so, you've got problems with your setup. If you are using xp, you are in all likelihood using MBR to boot and that limits your to 4 primary partitions which you already have. If this is what you want you will first need to delete one partition, shrink the others and then create an Extended partition in which to put logical partitions on which you can install whatever system.

So, if I understand your post, you have xp installed and want to install some other Linux. If that is the case you can install the Grub bootloader to the master boot record and during the installation of the system, the bootloader would be installed and a menuentry for xp should be created. And yes, installing Grub to the mbr would overwrite the windows code in the master boot record but would have no effect on the boot files on the xp partition.

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then I need to add a stanza to GRUB telling it where XP lives? X
No it should be done during the installation.

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XP is not showing up on GRUB as I'm doing it,
Doing what, installing?
 
Old 03-28-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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Are you trying to install another Linux distribution in addition to the AVLinux?
Nope, just AVLinux and Windows XP.

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If you are using xp, you are in all likelihood using MBR to boot and that limits your to 4 primary partitions which you already have. If this is what you want you will first need to delete one partition, shrink the others and then create an Extended partition in which to put logical partitions on which you can install whatever system.
I'm not sure if you've written that thinking that I want to install three OS's?? (I do not). If not, why do I need more partitions? I have one for Windows, and the root, home, and swap should suffice for my AVLinux install, no? It's a 500GB drive...

[QUOTE=yancek;5339090]So, if I understand your post, you have xp installed and want to install some other Linux. If that is the case you can install the Grub bootloader to the master boot record and during the installation of the system, the bootloader would be installed and a menuentry for xp should be created. And yes, installing Grub to the mbr would overwrite the windows code in the master boot record but would have no effect on the boot files on the xp partition.QUOTE]

Awesome, thx - just what I needed to clarify Except...

[QUOTE=yancek;5339090]No it should be done during the installation.QUOTE]

Well, again, this isn't really an (obvious) option during the AVLinux install. I can choose whether to install GRUB to the MBR or the root, otherwise not much for install options.

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Doing what, installing?
Sorry, my bad. A clearer way to put it would be that Windows is not showing up as an option under GRUB, when I install AVLinux the way that I've tried to...

Thanks for the response...hoping if I keep digging I can figure this out...
 
Old 03-28-2015, 06:11 PM   #4
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boot into avlinux, open a root terminal, run
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update-grub

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:07 PM   #5
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Once you update Grub at your next boot you should have the option to choose Windows XP or AV Linux.-
 
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:28 PM   #6
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Outstanding! Thanks guys, that worked.
 
Old 03-28-2015, 10:35 PM   #7
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Outstanding! Thanks guys, that worked.
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