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Old 07-01-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
ilovelagar
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Unhappy What am I doing wrong? (Dual Booting)


Ok so I gave a shot to dual-booting. This is what I did, I installed XP first ... then Suse 9.1 ... So they both installed successfully. Now when the options screen comes up (GRUB) I choose Linux, and it works fine, when I choose XP I get the blue screen of death and gives me some krazy error message. Now is this because my XP is NTFS? Because I tried redoing the whole thing over, like I cleaned out the whole harddrive and then started from scratch, its just that when I pop my XP cd in it doesnt give me the option to install under FAT/FAT32 ... why is this? I just installed XP on my laptop and I could use FAT, but not when i put it in the desktop (where I also want Linux). Help me out ... here's my desktop specs if it helps:

- Sony Vaio
- 3.00 GHz
- 512 RAM
- 200 GB

ummm I don't know what other info you would require about my computer, in which case just ask.

Thanks everyone!
 
Old 07-01-2005, 11:36 AM   #2
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It's not a NTFS/FAT issue. May be your grub didn't install properly. You probably didn't get the FAT/FAT32 option because your partition size was greater than 32 GB. XP doesn't support FAT 32 partition beyond 32 GB...strange???...don't ask me why.

You could log into suse and check out the grub config file and post it here to see if has any problems. It must be located in /boot/grub/ and the file is mostly likely called menu.lst

Tux
 
Old 07-01-2005, 11:51 AM   #3
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Originally posted by tuxrules
It's not a NTFS/FAT issue. May be your grub didn't install properly. You probably didn't get the FAT/FAT32 option because your partition size was greater than 32 GB. XP doesn't support FAT 32 partition beyond 32 GB...strange???...don't ask me why.

You could log into suse and check out the grub config file and post it here to see if has any problems. It must be located in /boot/grub/ and the file is mostly likely called menu.lst

Tux
Ok, I located the file, but I can't access it ... says I don't have premission ... well I must since I own everything here haha ... umm so how would I access the file, where It would ask me for the root password etc.?

EDIT: Nevermind I did it through the boot loader config. ok this is what I got:

# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Fri Jul 1 11:52:07 2005


color white/blue black/light-gray
default 0
timeout 10
gfxmenu (hd0,2)/boot/message

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title Linux
kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=0x31a splash=silent desktop resume=/dev/hda2 showopts
initrd (hd0,2)/boot/initrd

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Windows
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: floppy###
title Floppy
root (fd0)
chainloader +1

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe
kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3
initrd (hd0,2)/boot/initrd

Last edited by ilovelagar; 07-01-2005 at 11:53 AM.
 
Old 07-01-2005, 11:58 AM   #4
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well I must since I own everything here haha ...
Physically yes but not technically. Technically, the system's root user owns everything but it doesn't know that you also happen to be the root user, which is for a very good reason called security.

 
Old 07-01-2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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Your grub config file looks okay (i'm talking about the windows portion).

Looks like something wrong with windows if you get error messages after it starts windows, it means grub passes control to windows fine and once windows takes control of booting, it spews errors.

Can be a bad windows install...no idea.
 
Old 07-01-2005, 12:09 PM   #6
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Originally posted by tuxrules
Your grub config file looks okay (i'm talking about the windows portion).

Looks like something wrong with windows if you get error messages after it starts windows, it means grub passes control to windows fine and once windows takes control of booting, it spews errors.

Can be a bad windows install...no idea.
So are you sure that it has nothing to do with the fact that my XP is NTFS?
 
Old 07-01-2005, 12:22 PM   #7
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file system has nothing to do with booting.

I have NTFS, FAT and Reiserfs and it works...

Last edited by tuxrules; 07-01-2005 at 12:23 PM.
 
Old 07-01-2005, 12:27 PM   #8
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Every one trying to use Linux has a ntfs file system on windows so your's is not a unique case.
 
Old 07-02-2005, 11:00 AM   #9
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argggghh ... then i dont know what it is ... i cleaned it all out and reinstalled xp and linux again for the 3rd time now, and same problem
 
Old 07-03-2005, 05:30 AM   #10
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not sure how it works on suse, but i use slackware and am too scared to use anything that will write to my boot sector, so i just use a bootdisk.

when i want to go back to xp, i just take out the floppy...

probably better solutions, but i am a linux newbie
 
  


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