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OK, i have a problem with booting up with windows... mandrake boots fine tho. Ok, I installed windows xp first, with ntfs on partition c:, then I made a storage partition d:, also ntfs, then I used partitionmagic to partition the hd for linux (used the 'install new os' wizard). Partition magic did everything fine, it partitioned for linux, i installed mandrake and restarted.
OK, after it booted up (/dev/hda), i didn't see windows in the bootloader, so with no choice i loaded up mandrake(/dev/hda3). Under mandrake lilo configuration, I added windows c: which is under /dev/hda1 (pretty sure this is it), and restarted. Lilo loads up again, and windows is there, so i select windows, but then the screen that usually comes up(kind of like winxp login screen) and says that it can't find chkdsk?, and my computer restarts. Everytime I go into win xp this happens now.
When I looked at the info for the windows c: partition the type was "Hidden IFS (e.g. HPFS). Does this mean that I can't load windows because partitionmagic (or something else) hid it? If so, how do I unhide it? Is there any way to get back my c:? I would try just reinstalling windows on my c: again, but I have my cd at home... any solutions guys?? thanks
start off by putting the first mandrake disc in, boot it, but when it gives you the graphic install options of "enter" to continue or "F1" for other options, hit the F1 and type in rescue .
From there, follow the instructions to get the "dos looking" options box, there is an option to re-install the windows boot loader followed by any restarts/reboots it wants.
remove the mandrake disc and check that your windows install is working ok.
the "my computer" screen should show the c drive and probably the d drive for the other part that you set up with partition magic (which I also did, but I think that I just left it as empty space).
If you are using just the one hard disc (as I do, but I have it with just a windows partition aka the c drive and I set it up with two other partitions for both my linux installs) linux will see the whole drive as "hda" presuming that it's an ide drive, or "sda" if it's scsi.
It should see the window partition (usually the first one as it seem that things are less problematic if you have windows in there first) which should be called "hda1". I think that you would then see "hda2" which would be the "storage" partition that you set up.
The linux partition would be refered to as "hda3". If the windows install is ok when you've re-installed the windows bootloader, then start the installation of mandrake again. When it asks you where you want to put the mandrake, it should either tell you that it wants you to use any empty space it can find, or more than likely it will tell you that it has found "hda3" a linux formated partition, use than, also just select the defaults for everything, and when it asks you about packages to select, then select all the stuff down the LEFT HAND SIDE of the dialogue box, and only the kde/gnome options at the bottom of the right hand side. When it asks you about anything like cups/postfix or other servers just tell it no (you can always install them later).
Then just follow the instructions.
After a default install, you will find that "linux" or "mandrake" is the default OS, if you want to change any of that, then do it in the boot section of the mandrake control centre.
Just to get things up and running, just do stuff with the graphic interface initially, you can concentrate on learning any command line stuff later.
Hi, i tried what you wrote, but after i restarted, I got a message that said:
bad IPL, then it offered to restart the computer. I couldn't get into any bootloader... i put in a winxp cd and it wouldn't even go into that... so i did rescue again and am back at square 1...
Distribution: Fedora Core 1 & WinXP Pro & Gentoo 1.4 & Arch Linux
I would start over and reformat the whole hard drive. Then put in the Win XP disc and do a new install and partition it the way you want during setup for Windows. Any space you are going to use for your Linux install just leave blank/unformatted. After you install Windows and have it running with a C: and D: drive then install Linux. When you install Linux have the install auto-partition the "use free space" part of your drive for Linux and tell it to install your bootloader (Grub or Lilo) to the MBR when you get to that part.
It seems too many problems arise if you try to format and partition your drive for Linux before actually starting the install.