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Old 06-23-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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newb needs help with some problematic hardware

im trying to dualboot with debian and xp. heres my hardware config.
asus a7n8x-e delux
2 seagate sata 120 gb drives
nvidia geforce fx 5200 128 ram
amd 3200
512 ram
sony cd-rw

i have completely given up on the raid0 config with the silicon image 3112a driver. i have downloaded multiple files and none have worked so far with the raid.recompiling isn't an option yet since im a i decided to put xp on 1 drive and debian on the other. i used the sarge release so my drives r detected now. for whatever reason i can't get lilo to install so im using grub. either works as long as the other drive is disconnected. as far as i know grub was installed at /boot , windows installed and of course took over and installed as hdd0 even though its on bus 1.{i thought maybe i could just enter bios and specify to boot from hdd 0 or 1 as i liked until i learned more about linux} i have gotten 3 different distros in my quest to get linux i have red hat 9 knoppix and debian sarge. the knoppix is scratched because i think the fx 5200 wont support it. my inclination now is to reinstall but i need a distro that will allow me to format in ntfs as well as ext3 so i could have both drives formatted from the start and put the os's on. can someone point me in the right direction either with a distro or solution, thx.
Old 06-23-2004, 09:34 PM   #2
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Have you tried the #debian at the IRC?
Old 06-24-2004, 01:01 AM   #3
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I'm not quite sure I understand. Are you saying that your 2 hard-drives only work when both are connected?

If that is not the case..... I'd suggest hooking up one and installing WindowsXP on it. Let XP format it and do whatever it wants to be happy. Then plug your second hd in and install Debian on it.

I have XP and a small partition with knoppix installed on one hard drive. I recently bought a new hard drive to install sid on. I used the 'Debian netinstall beta4' and it was very simple to format/partition/and install to the second drive without messing up the first. Then it installed GRUB which auto-detected my 2 other OS's and took control of the MBR. So now the GRUB boot menu comes up and gives me XP as one of the options.

I apologize if I missed the point of your problem.... but it seems like this should work for you.
Old 06-24-2004, 04:47 AM   #4
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macondo, forgive my ignorance #debian at irc?

also im sorry if my post was garbled, let me clarify. if i plug in both drives windows dissappears.if i start installation with both plugged in and windows already installed grub doesnt detect windows and overwrites the MBR.unfortunately im still windows dependent as i have not figurered out how to do much of nething in linux, yet, working on it if i can get it up. i dont know why grub doesnt detect windows but it must be something with the sata drives. that's y i gave up and put them on their own drives. ne suggestions would help.


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