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Old 09-23-2004, 07:59 AM   #1
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installing win xp on a linux system


Would like to ask what effect that would have on my linux system (w/ lilo installed in the mbr). Have 2 harddisks, listed in linux as /dev/hdb and /dev/hda, linux installed on /dev/hdb, my intention is to install windows on /dev/hda and dual boot with linux. However, i don't know what win xp would do to my mbr - erase lilo, thus disabling linux?

Would like some advice on how to go about doing this without much grief, thanx!
 
Old 09-23-2004, 08:04 AM   #2
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It'll erase Lilo, but if you put in a Linux boot cd and type rescue (mandrake) LILO will be restored.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 08:08 AM   #3
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As far as I'm aware, while the XP "should" go straight onto whatever hard drive you tell it to, it normally will automatically overwrite the MBR.

Then the options are make a boot disc so you can boot the linux distro and then re-run (or is it re-install) lilo, telling it to go to the first section of the MBR so you have a lilo based option for the dual boot

or

Install the XP, then re-install the linux distro.


It may be a good idea to try the first option, because if it doesn't work, you can then just follow up with the second - Personally I'd go that way, because I have a seperate /home partition and a linux re-install doesn't touch that, so there's no corresponding loss of personalisations or personal data (mail etc etc).

regards

John

p.s. There may be a better way of doing this, but (a) I don't know what it is, and (b) the process as explained above is painless and relatively straight forward!

Hope that helps some?
 
Old 09-23-2004, 08:17 AM   #4
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Guess there's no other way than? Coz my linux disk seems to be faulty, that's why i was hesistant about doing the install. Will try ur suggestions, thx!
 
  


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