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Old 01-29-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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Dual booting Win XP and FC3

I'm a linux newbie, and I'm thinking of installing FC3 on my existing dual booting system (and overwriting my winxp64 partition). I have a 40 GB primary drive, with the windows bootloader, and 2 windows partitions. I've been able do install Red Hat before, but I know I hit a major snag in FC2 when I tried to install it the last time that resulted in having to format the whole disk.

I'm wondering if this issue has been fixed, and if not, if anyone can give me a few things I can try when Grub fails to load Windows ?
Old 01-29-2005, 04:00 PM   #2
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If you can still get into linux when grub Fuxx0rzes you over. There's probaby a whole lot you can do. There shouldn't really be anything wrong with windows, the boot loader (GRUB) just can't find it. There's a bit of discussion going on on this subject right now over Here
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I've installed many Linux Distros and have always just kept WinXP on the first partition of the first drive. Whenever it comes time to making partitions and formating in any installation process, I try and keep it fairly manual, simply because I know what I want and the installation program does not. If you do it this way, most likely when Linux wants you to choose a bootloader, it may not "find" your windows partition. That's not a problem, as it's friggin' easy to add it.

Install FC3 with two partions: one ext3 and one swap. That's it. So, you can set up the second partition as SWAP (about 500MB is fine) and the third as ext3 (the rest of the drive if you want). That's probably the best way to do it. I'd recommend GRUB over LILO as GRUB is more powerful and will probably be used by more and more distributions. Also, DO NOT use Microsoft's bootloader. By definition Microsoft OSes are incapable of any knowledge of any other OS except their own (and even that's not always true as microsoft is trying to forget the days of win95 technology). Use GRUB.

Here's a snippet that you need in /boot/grub/grub.conf (GRUB's configuration file):
title Windows XP
	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
	chainloader +1
That should be all that GRUB needs to load Windows. I've never really had much of a problem loading windows. A few times it has completely freaked out, though. Telling me I need to reload windows or restarting the computer instead of loading. But I usually just happily use Linux until windows gets over it and it works fine again (probably some mysterious microsoft boot code...I don't know).

hope that helped. If you need more help, please be a little more specific about what you need help with.

-- the dudeman


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