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Old 12-20-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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dual booting ubuntu 5.10 with xp pro


Has anyone else had problems dual booting Ubuntu 5.10 with XP professional? I started by installing XP on a partition that took about half of the harddrive and left free space. XP worked after that. Then I installed Ubuntu 5.10. There were 2 options when installing Ubuntu 5.10. They were to use the entire drive and the other was to use the largest amount of continuous free space. I choose to use the largest amount of continuous free space. After that, Ubuntu would boot, but XP would not work anymore. There was a blue screen when I choose XP, and a message that said unable to mount. I was installing XP first and then Linux. Is it better to install Linux first, then XP?
 
Old 12-20-2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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i have ubuntu running just fine with winxp pro. i installed xp first, then ubuntu.
 
Old 12-20-2005, 03:12 PM   #3
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Try installing Ubuntu first, then tell XP to install to the remaining space. I had a problem with Ubuntu installing after XP so I tried it the other way around and it worked fine.
 
Old 12-20-2005, 03:31 PM   #4
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What about the boot loader when you did installed Ubuntu first then XP? It would seem like to me that only Ubuntu would show in grub boot loader if you installed Ubuntu first then XP.
 
Old 12-22-2005, 12:18 AM   #5
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That's odd. There should be several options. Ubuntu will have three, the normal version, the recovery mode, and the memtest mode. And there should be XP. Have you tried re-installing GRUB to make sure it picked up all of the available OS's?
 
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Let's see output from "fdisk -l", and your menu.lst
 
Old 12-27-2005, 03:37 AM   #7
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I had the same setup (winxp pro first, then ubuntu 5.10) working fine, until today. After updating my ubuntu with synaptic is when I could no longer boot into windows. Then I thought I would just take the plunge and get rid of windows all together, by deleting all partitions. After I started to reinstall Ubuntu windows-free, is when I got the error message (unable to mount) during the partitioning process. I hope I didn't fry my MBR... We'll see tomorrow, I am totally wiping the drive right now with killdisk. Maybe there was still remnants of the old NTFS partition that was corrupting the partition process?
 
Old 12-27-2005, 12:15 PM   #8
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I did not try to install Linux first, then XP. I am asking how did Grub find XP and add it to the grub menu if you did not have XP when you installed GRUB?
 
Old 01-20-2006, 06:02 AM   #9
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few things... (dual booting Ubuntu with XP)

1: Never install Linux first if you want Windows also to run from the same HDD.

2: I hope you have instlled Grub bootloader, if you havent then do it! it will manage both the OSes. And if it is istalled then let me tell you that /etc/grub/grub.conf has an entry..err... vaguely remember it to be "hiddenmenu"
you got to comment this line by adding '#' at the start of it. and also increase the "timeout" to say 10. Save the file and reboot your system. You should definitely see the Grub screen with both WinXP and Ubuntu listed.

By the way, check /etc/grub/grub.conf file for the entry of Windows OS; may be listed as 'Other'.

Ohh.. and i think for debian (Ubuntu) "grub.conf" is actually "menu.lst"

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Old 01-20-2006, 01:19 PM   #10
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Please help I installed Ubuntu on my win xp pro system and now whwen i try to start it just gives an a:\ . I removed the drive it was on and tried to start windows after a couple attempts it finally worked . is there something i need to do to make this a dual boot system?
 
  


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