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Old 06-29-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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winxp ghost image with grub


I copied a ghost image of windows xp to a logical partition. I have debian installed on primary partition.

Any idea on how to boot this winxp image from grub?

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Old 06-29-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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the grub manual is here:
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html

I think that will help you...

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Old 06-29-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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no luck.......i damaged my MBR.

has anyone done this successfully?

installed windows xp after installing linux, where linux is on the primary partition and windows xp is on a logical partition
 
Old 06-29-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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hmm... do you have linux boot disks?

XP will have probably put something on the first part of the hd, right? use knoppix- boot into knoppix 2, and run cfdisk to check this out.

If you have the linux boot disk, you should be able to boot into linux, configure grub (perhaps to run on a floppy, first, for testing) and write it to the mbr.

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EDIT: can you boot into linux from the hard drive (ie normally) ? Can you boot XP?

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Old 06-29-2005, 10:22 PM   #5
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Windows XP CANNOT be run from a logical partition. It HAS to be run from a Primary Partition. No ifs, ands or buts.

Other than that, it should be easy, if Linux can boot, to add Windows to your grub boot-up screen.

You just add this entry to the bottom of /boot/grub/menu.lst
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
makeactive

For the first line, there should be an indent between title and Windows
For the second line, there should be an indent after rootnoverify
No indents for third and fourth lines.

for the rootnoverify line, the first number is the harddrive, second is partition. The numbers start at 0, not 1. So, /dev/hda1 (first primary partition on the primary master harddrive) would be (hd0,0). /dev/hdb3 would be (hd1,2) etc.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Old 06-29-2005, 10:40 PM   #6
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Quote:
originally posted by linux-rulz
Windows XP CANNOT be run from a logical partition. It HAS to be run from a Primary Partition. No ifs, ands or buts.
oops yeah, i forgot about that part.

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Old 06-30-2005, 04:15 AM   #7
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thank you guys for the help.

i did try that and i also tried mapping and hiding partitions.....no luck

what damaged my MBR is that i typed some of these commands in the grub command interpreter, instead of adding them to grub.conf. i got error17 or something.....don't remember

anyways, i am back to windows xp for the summer. i want to play some directx games before university opens in september.

cheers
 
Old 06-30-2005, 07:01 AM   #8
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bummer man- I know how you feel.

just a thought: what about grub on a floppy disk?

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Old 06-30-2005, 03:28 PM   #9
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I don't use floppy. I don't have a floppy drive in my computer. However, I do have knoppix.


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Old 07-01-2005, 12:49 AM   #10
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I still don't understand how your partitions are laid out. Is there any possible way anyone can think of that he could find which devices (as in uba, sda, hda, etc) his main and second hard drives are? With that info, and some info from fdisk, I think this problem could be fixed. Is there any other device names besides sda and hda that the harddrive could use?
 
Old 07-01-2005, 03:14 AM   #11
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i am past fixing grub..........i am using windows currently.......i dont have that problem anymore



thanks for the help
 
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linuxrulz- knoppix with cfdisk.

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Old 07-01-2005, 02:55 PM   #13
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i am completely dedicated to linux

i am only running windows so that I can play some directx games. once univeristy opens again in september........i will give windows a kick in the 'but'
 
  


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