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Old 09-03-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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FC3 and Windows XP

I have a machine with just one hard drive and I am dual booting XP and Linux. My Slack install needed to be wiped so I tried Suse but I won't be sticking with that. I have Fedora installed on another machine but I would like to wipe out Suse and run Fedora Core 3 test 1 on my XP dual boot box.

Does FC3 have the same issues as FC2 did with dual booting?
Old 09-04-2004, 03:47 AM   #2
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what issues does fc2 have with xp? i've been able to dual boot them without a problem. if you're gonna run into any problems, it's probably going to be with a fc3 test 1 install rather than with a stable fc2.
Old 09-04-2004, 07:02 AM   #3
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The FC2 installer had a bug (as did the Mandrake 10 and SuSE 9.1 installers, but this problem was most highly reported on FC2) which changed the partition geometry table, making XP (or Windows generally) appear to be unbootable. Well, OK, it was in fact unbootable, but there was nothing wrong with the Windows installation itself, it was just that the bootloader could not find the Windows installation, because the partition geometry table did not match the actual geometry layout. The error was preventable, and fixable, easily, but caused a lot of people a great deal of upset and panic, and was responsible for a lot of unnecessary reinstallation of Windows.

Read more about it here: LWN: Making Fedora Core 2 and Windows play well together.

Some people were lucky and were not bitten by this bug; guess you were one of them.
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Actually I was just checking before I installed FC3. I went ahead and did it and it installed fine but was choking on my Firewire adapter when it booted. So I took a chance with FC2 and it installed fine as well. I was able to get to my XP install with both installs. I just couldn't load FC3 for some reason. So far FC2 is running fine. Thanks for the responses.
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I had the dual booting problem in FC3 (test 1), but there is an article at
that explains what happens and what you gotta do. It sounds to be the same problem you've found in FC2. It's all about redimensioning partitions in the partitions table file.

This is a must check document!

Old 09-05-2004, 11:13 AM   #6
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Thumbs up FC3 with windows xp

i installed FC3 and also have windows xp...the bug in FC2 was really worst.
till now FC3 is working fine with me and i don't think there is any major bug like the FC2 one..and i tell u its really guys go for it...


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