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I highly doubt that u can dual boot XP and linux...for this 1 reason....on the computers that i see have XP have anoter partition for system files which is a logical parition. Linux uses the logical partition to boot which upon instalation it will over write the system files...therefore crashing Win XP....
Actually, I'm running an XP/linux dual boot system now. I installed WinXP but left 15G unpartitioned. After I d'lded and burned the slackware 8.0 ISO, I rebooted off the CD and voila! linux/winXP system.
I used partition magic - not a good idea at the time to partition a ext2 drive which linux could be installed onto. After many problems - resetiing during a partition i managed to get everything back to normal. Linux Mandrake 8.0 got installed onto the 2nd partition and there you go.