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Old 10-28-2008, 02:29 AM   #1
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Smile Problem Dualing Boot XP and Ubuntu with SATA HDD

Hello everyone,

This is my first post in this forum and really hope someone can help me, please accept my thanks in advance for anyone taking the time to review this.
This is a problem regarding dual boot Window XP and Ubuntu 8.04 on a SATA HDD.
I am new to Linux and this is the first time I am trying to install this OS. My computer currently run XP but I use System Commander 9 to repartition the HDD so it gave me a 100GB for the Linux OS. At first I am not able to "see" the SATA HDD during the installation, however, after researching on the internet I found out that it was a possible problem in bios setting. Under IDE/SATA Configuration I have to change the option in "Configure SATA as IDE or AHCI", by default it is set as IDE, but only if I change the setting to AHCI then I would be able to see the SATA drive while running the Ubuntu installer and complete the installation.
The real problem that I am having is I cannot boot XP at the GRUB menu if I keep the setting at AHCI(it'll just load a bit and restart the PC), if i reverse the setting back to IDE then I would have the following message while booting Ubuntu:

BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-5ubuntu12) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands


I have a single SATA HDD, 3 partition, 1st XP, 2nd Ubuntu, 3rd just for storage. I have a Biostar T series motherboard and Intel CPU. I have XP install first and then Ubuntu.

Again please accept my thanks in advance to anyone who took the time to review this message, and as a first timer to Linux please bare with me if I do not understand everything.
Oh and if this question came up already please direct me to the solution post. (I did try searching =D)

Old 10-29-2008, 12:07 PM   #2
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I assume that now that you have partitioned your hard drive, now you are booting via GRUB. Right?
Will you please post /boot/grub/grub.conf

In Linux IDE hard drives are denoted by /dev/hdax, while SCSCI are denoted by /dev/sdax, x being the partition number. For a second Hard Disk then you replace a with b: /dev/hdbx , /dev/sdbx etc.

look for the paramter that root is set:

e.g. root=/dev/hda2 , or root=/dev/sda2, you might need to change it, but I am not sure if that will be enough.

For partioning, I would have booted with a liveCD, like UBUNTU and then use used gparted. Gparted is free and Open Source and very user friendly. Usage:-

$ sudo gparted



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