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Old 05-05-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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dual boot with GRUB, XP not booting

Hi all,

I'm experiencing an issue trying to dual boot XP with ARCH linux. The XP install is an older one and has successfully dual booted with a different linux distro previously. Arch boots fine, but when I try to boot into XP I just see the text of the grub config:

title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

and it hangs there.

I ran a bootinfoscript (results attached) and it shows no obvious issues leading me to think it may be something simple I've missed. Any solutions would be appreciated, I'd rather not go through the pain of reinstalling all the windoze stuff again... I can post further info on request.

Cheers in advance,

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Old 05-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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/dev/sda1 * 14 511,999,109 511,999,096 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
This part from your RESULTS.txt file is rather strange, the Windows partition should either begin at sector 63 (if partitioned with older Windows versions or an older Linux fdisk) or at sector 2048 (newer Windows, newer Linux fdisk), but never at sector 14.
I would try the following:
1. Make a full backup of your Windows partition
2. Start Linux fdisk and remove the first partition.
3. Now use fdisk to create a new one in the same space, but beginning in sector 63, the end sector must be the same. Don't forget to set the new partition to the NTFS type.
4. If you are sure that the settings are correct, write the new partition table to the disk.
5. Reboot and look if it works.

If that doesn't help, format the new partition with NTFS, copy back all the files you backed up in step 1, start from your XP-CD, go to the recovery console and launch the command
Now it should work.

Last edited by TobiSGD; 05-05-2012 at 08:23 AM.
Old 05-05-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Tobi,

will try that, backing up now.


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