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Hello I am a complete linux noob, I don't know anything really about it. I have WinXP Pro installed and attempted to do a dual boot. Well when I try to boot my computer and select windows instead of linux it only shows a blinking underscore. I can see my Windows Partition so I know its all there. I have tried to uninstall linux (with WinXP disc, deleted the linux partitions) but when I did that I get a "Error Loading Operating System" So I installed Linux again, and still my windows partition showed up. I don't know if I have my boot loader settings correct. Would some one please help me?
Install Linux and your boot loader on the first section of the MBR. Then make sure you select to configure your boot loader towards the end of the installation. Make sure Windows is one of the choices. That should work
Mandrake 10.0 had a serious bug in the installer, where if you modified the partition table with it (e.g., install using free space at the end of the Windows partition), you could no longer boot into Windows. The technical details involved the 2.6 kernel and the bios disagreeing about the contents of the partition table. IIRC, this was fixed with 10.1 Official.
The *best* workaround is to go into the BIOS and force your drive to use LBA, not AUTO.
thanks for the help, that didn't quite work for me... I ended up installing windows on another Hard Drive, but I still had that error. Switching the drive to LBA worked that time. Now I can run linux and windows fine