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I am not really understanding what you are asking. If you run the command /sbin/grub-install /dev/hda it will install grub on your master boot record(/dev/hda), this is the first place your computer looks for info to boot your operating system. From theri grub can tell your computer to boot windows(hd0,0) or linux(hd1,4)
Distribution: Mac OS 10.7 / CentOS 6(servers) / xubuntu 13.04
I am tired of these boot loaders I have to use one.. because if I disable GRUB I have no way to get into windows when I need to.. I have had similar problems in the past, and they took quite awhile to work out.. and tons of trips here..
Did you find a solution? I have run into the same problem - after doing the grub-install /dev/hda XP does not start.... (yah I know it shouldn't be on the disk :-) ) - I can just like you boot Linux effortlessly.
If I knew the risky method I'd give it a shot since the installations are both pristine. However I had arrived at your win first then linux reinstall when I went to work this morning - now I'm back and ready to rock. Hope it will work.
Should you come to think of the method let me know as it might come in handy some other day... though I need not think of windows XP on my own machine - Windows in my world is out 4 good, the last Win I used was Win98 and it had a crash tendency several times daily and finally it was cracked as well, straight through firewalls and all - has cost me setbacks measured in months in my publishing ventures, both in the software department and concerning my two novels, and four shorts.... soon to be out using LyX if everything pans out.
When you used the linux rescue disk to reinstall grub, you did the "setup (hd0,0)" command. This installs to the MBR of te first partition of the hard disk, where XP's stuff is supposed to be. You should have specified (hd0) only (without the extra 0). Use your XP cd to enter it's Recovery Console, and use the fixmbr command. Then use your linux rescue cd, and do the same thing you did earlier, except with "setup (hd0)" instead of "setup (hd0,0)".