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Old 11-27-2006, 10:21 PM   #1
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kubuntu 5.10 Makes Windows unbootable


I am trying to set up a dual boot system with Kubuntu 5.10 and WinXP Pro. Every time I do this, after I install Kubuntu I get the blue screen when I try to boot into Windows. I have done this before and never had this issue.

I had Win 2000 and SuSE 10 and things were fine and then the hard drive crashed so I got a new one decided to dual boot Win2000 and Kubuntu, no luck, blue screen every time I try and boot into Windows. I ran fdisk off of a Win98 boot disk and created a partition of 30GB on my 160GB hard drive. I put the Win2000 CD in, formatted the partition to NTFS and installed Windows. I then installed Kubuntu. When I tried to boot into Windows, no luck.

I then wiped out all of the partitions and started over. I used a WinXP CD, created the partition with the CD, formatted to NTFS and reinstalled Windows. After installing Kubuntu, same thing.

Am I making a mistake by creating a partition for Windows first? I don't recall that ever being a problem before. I am reinstalling again. This time I am not creating a partition first, just formatting the whole hard drive to NTFS and installing Windows XP to that. I'll create a separate partition with the Kubuntu CD for Kubuntu. Any thoughts as to why this has happened?

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Old 11-27-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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hi there..

1. Where do you get the Blue screen? After your Linux boot manager?
2. What boot manager do you use? Lilo or grub?
3. If you face some problem with booting windows,then after re-installing windows on the same drive,why don't you recover the boot loader,instead of re-installing Kubuntu?

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Old 11-28-2006, 07:39 AM   #3
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I get the blue screen after I choose Windows from the Grub bootloader.

The first time that this happened I ran fixmbr from the recovery console and still got the blue screen when Windows tried to boot. At that point I ran fdisk to look at the partitions and fdisk said that my Windows partition was 'damaged or urecognized'. Never got that before...

Anyway, I am trying again, we'll see what happens.

Thanks
 
Old 11-28-2006, 08:28 AM   #4
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What I did that worked was to allow windows to install onto ALL of my hard drive however the windows cd wants(wipe all partitions first). Then installed linux AFTER RESIZING the windows partition to a more reasonable amount . . .er . . for windows, with grub as the boot loader on mbr.
Also, please post your menu1st in the grub file. maybe there is something there to show the problem.
 
Old 11-28-2006, 09:44 PM   #5
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OK, this time I installed WinXP on the whole hard drive and then began the Kubuntu 6.10 installation. I manually edited the partitions. I resized the ntfs partition and then created an ext3 and swap out of the extra space and then rebooted. Same thing, blue screen saying 'Unmountable_boot_volume', amongst a lot of other stuff... I then rebooted with the Win CD, went to recovery mode and did 'fixmbr'. Same thing, will not boot to Windows.

Linux boots fine. I have put a dual boot on many computers and I had one on this one at one time, different hard drive but same computer.

Sleekmason, what did you use to resize the partition? Is there a built in Windows utility or did you use a third party app?

Man, this is getting old...
 
Old 11-28-2006, 10:14 PM   #6
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Might have found the issue. I found this link
And while I am using Kubuntu and the article is about SuSE I think that describes my issue. My BIOS shows the 160GB hard drive as 137GB. The article states:
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One quick solution is to activate the LBA or large access mode under which the hard disk was previously addressed for the hard disks in the computer's BIOS. It is important that the hard disk values not be set to "AUTO".
I do not have an LBA setting in the BIOS that I can find. It is an older Dell 8100 and I replaced the hard drive with a much larger one that i guess the BIOS just can't fully support. Don't seem to have an issue with it till I start messing with the partition table...

Guess that I will just put Windows on it for now (It's for my 11 year old daughter and she needs her WoW game...) and maybe I can get a bios update.

Well, thanks for all of the help
 
Old 11-28-2006, 10:47 PM   #7
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if your bios is not support more that 137 GB then maybe you can try to use only the first 137 Gb area of your harddrive if you cannot get a replacement for the same..
 
  


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