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Old 12-05-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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trying to setup dual boot HELP!

Ok, first my setup was: Primary Master, 120G, Drive,
Primary Slave, 20g. Drive. Secondary Master, CDR/W, Secondary Slave, CDROM.
This was the configuration when I first tryed to install XP on 120G drive and intended to install Xandros O.C.E onto secondary drive. In fact, I did install, expecting to have the option to boot to xp or Xandros when I powered up. But Pc only boots to xp. When I formatted, I allowed both systems to use their default drive configurations.

When previous config. didnt work, I setup as follows: Primary master, 120G drive, Primary Slave CDR/W. Secondary Master, 20G drive, Secondary Slave, CDROM. Still no dual boot! I know im missing something simple. But im not real up on how to partition drives. Im thinking that the boot sectors for both systems have to be on the same drive or partiton. Correct? Could someone please tell me how to achieve a dual boot?
THANX1 Scott
Old 12-05-2005, 09:28 PM   #2
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just install xp first use about 20 gigs or 50 if you encode dvd's then install linux if you have a good distro it should allocate the space and partition the automatically and install a bootloder in the mbr. alot of distro's you might have to partition manually. if you have to do it manually use cfdisk its alot easier.

if you dont get it someone one the forum can explain in more detail or try google

Last edited by Boow; 12-05-2005 at 10:00 PM.
Old 12-06-2005, 09:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! Thats exactly what I did, except I kept 20G drive open just for Data.


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