Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 04-15-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Installing WinXP in a SuSE 9.0 enviroment (dual boot)

Hi I just migrated from windows to linux (Suse 9.0) but unfortunatly I , a little to late, find that i still need a winXP instalation on my machine. I have googled the topic and found plenty of guides on how to install Suse in a XP enviroment but none for the reverse.

I used the partition maneger in 'Yast' to create a fat32 partition hoping i could get winxp to install when i use fdisk as root it gives me the following:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 131 1052226 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda2 * 132 7362 58083007+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 * 7363 14592 58074975 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)

I would like to install WinXP on /dev/hda3.

When i boot from winXP cd i get the unmountable_boot_volume BSOD

I would much appreciate any info you guys have

Old 04-15-2004, 11:12 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 1,796

Rep: Reputation: 47
Remove the bootable flag from the Linux partition, only one partition should be set to active.
You can either reinstall GRUB back into the MBR (using rescue mode or whatever) after XP is installed, or install it to the partition bootsector on hda2 now and reset it to active afterwards.
In both cases you'll need to add an entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst in order to load your winxp, and it should look something like
title WinXP
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
Old 04-15-2004, 11:13 AM   #3
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Chennai, India
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0/Redhat 8.0/Ubuntu 5.04/Windows XP (SP2)
Posts: 30

Rep: Reputation: 15
hi fubzot,

i too got the same problem with Red hat & WinXP. What I did was removed the entire NON-LINUX partitions from linux shell prompt using fdisk. Then I booted with WinXP CD. WinXP created new partition at the free space.

all the best
Old 04-15-2004, 03:05 PM   #4
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: Earth... for now
Distribution: SuSE9.2 AMD64; LFS; GentooAMD64; Ubuntu10.04; RHEL 5.5; Solaris10(SPARC)
Posts: 418

Rep: Reputation: 30
KaruppuSwamy.T has the right idea.
If you boot from the WINXP CD, it will allow you to create a partition before installing. Normally anyway.

Let us know if it worked.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dual-boot WinXP / Suse 9, keeps crashing after installing Suse MagNiTek Linux - General 2 07-08-2005 01:39 PM
Winxp Dual Boot with Suse 9.2 ozman46 SUSE / openSUSE 12 03-29-2005 11:56 PM
cannot dual boot suse 9.1 and winxp between sata and ide respectively jarobman SUSE / openSUSE 7 01-12-2005 12:06 AM
Problem installing Yoper/WinXP dual boot knud Yoper 7 11-29-2004 08:13 PM
Installing Mandrake9.2 on a Fedora winxp dual boot machine dhanakom Mandriva 2 07-04-2004 10:24 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration