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Old 01-30-2009, 01:33 AM   #1
animemal
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Triple Boot Problem On Windows Xp, 2000, and Fedora


Good day everyone.

I originally have windows 2000 in a single partition hard drive. I decided to install XP and linux just recently. I changed partitions so my disk now has 4 partitions: one for each oS and another as spare.

I installed Xp in second partition no problem. Windows boot allows me to choose which OS to use without me configuring anything.

I installed Linux on third partition, with the root (/) directory only thing mounted. I also installed the boot loader on that partition and not on the primary (1st partition). I assume it will be easier add linux on the windows boot loader instead of adding the two Windows to the linux loader. Also, we will be minimizing the changes to the original setup and even during the case that we decide to remove linux (the pc is for home use and windows is preferred by my parents).

This setup caused the boot process to fail where a black screen kept asking me to insert a bootable cd. The boot process only works when I insert the Windows XP installer on the drive. Then it brings me back to the original black window asking me which Windows OS to choose.

Can anyway tell me what I did wrong here? Should i have installed the linux boot loader on the primary partition or on some other vacant partition? I hope someone can tell me the details and steps how to troubleshoot. I prefer not to fix the problem by reinstalling again but instead, I prefer to fix it by troubleshooting it the longer/manual way so that I can learn about the OS more.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-30-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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Put the Linux boot loader on your MBR if that is an option. You want to use the linux bootloader because linux can see windows easily, but windows bootloaders don't play very nicely with linux.
 
Old 01-30-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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I think it would help to first get a clearer picture of your setup, so how about downloading the Boot Info Script to your desktop, and then do the following as root user, but replace <username> with your username:
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bash /home/<username>/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
That will create a "RESULTS.txt" file in the same directory from where the script is run, namely your desktop; please copy/paste the contents of that file to your next post. That will help clarify your setup and make it easier to figure out what the best solution to your booting problem might be.
 
Old 02-01-2009, 09:48 PM   #4
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I think it would help to first get a clearer picture of your setup, so how about downloading the Boot Info Script to your desktop, and then do the following as root user, but replace <username> with your username:
Code:
bash /home/<username>/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
That will create a "RESULTS.txt" file in the same directory from where the script is run, namely your desktop; please copy/paste the contents of that file to your next post. That will help clarify your setup and make it easier to figure out what the best solution to your booting problem might be.
Cool! I'll go ahead and do that tonight and post the results. The admit that just the installation is particularly gruelling for me to learn and understand and not as simple as that with Windows. But linux is better in the long run.
 
Old 02-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #5
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I assume it will be easier add linux on the windows boot loader instead of adding the two Windows to the linux loader. Also, we will be minimizing the changes to the original setup and even during the case that we decide to remove linux (
Not really. Reading your first post there is no indication you have any entry in your windows bootloader to boot whatever version of Linux you have. Did you add anything to the windows bootloader for Linux?

The easiest thing to have done is to have installed Grub, Linux bootloader, to the mbr as it almost always automatically detects windows OS's and puts entries in boot menu. You can also put an entry in the windows boot.ini file to boot Linux.
 
  


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