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Old 09-29-2004, 02:21 AM   #1
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Dualboot WinXP doesn't detect DVD-RW

So I dualbooted WinXP with Fedora Core 2 with GRUB. When I boot into WinXP it doesn't detect my DVD-RW drive. It worked fine before I installed Fedora. The BIOS sees it fine and so does Linux; but in WinXP, the tray won't even pop out when I push the button. My drive setup is :

Primary IDE: Master HD (Contains WinXP and Fedora), Slave HD
Secondary IDE: Master DVD-RW, Slave HD

I'm able to get WinXP to detect the DVD-RW if I remove the Slave HD on the secondary IDE.

Here's my grub.conf:

title Fedora Core (2.6.5-1.358)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 09-29-2004, 02:28 AM   #2
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Did you set jumpers?

I don't think this is grub of fedora problem.
Old 09-29-2004, 02:32 AM   #3
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Yes, the jumpers are fine. Everything worked before I installed Fedora.
Old 09-29-2004, 09:53 AM   #4
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This seems really strange to me. Each OS does it's own hardware detection and should be completely independent of the other. I don't see how adding Fedora should have changed anything.

How about this? Micro$haft products have a history of getting confused about their own settings and sometimes you just have to shake things up a bit to get them to re-detect everything properly. Try switching the devices around. Make the DVD drive the slave device and the HD the master. Or move the DVD over to the other IDE. See if this helps Winblows shake off it's confusion as to what's there. If it works in another configuration, then try putting everything back the way it was and trying it again. Perhaps it just needs a little goose to figure itself out.
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Thanks for the advice. It works now with the DVD-RW as slave...although it's still bugging me as to why it did this after I installed Fedora.


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