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Old 08-10-2005, 12:57 AM   #1
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Unhappy Xandros 3 & WIndows XP

I have successfully installed Xandros 3 on a 2nd drive on my machine. The first time I boot up, I see as item 4, Windows XP.

This is what I was hoping for..
I reboot after logging in to Xandros and trying to my NTFS drive.. no luck. I was under the impression I would be able to see them as drive letters (this is apparently how they ar separated from linux drives/partitions.. I can't see them???

So, I reboot, so that I can get to my NTFS drives under XP.. teh item 4 is no longer in the boot menu.. After reading some of these forums, i find that if i boot from the Xandros cd and 'repair or recover'? cant remember it will fix it..

It does, I get the Windows Xp option back and my heart starts to beat again, and all is good .. I think.

Alas, all is good, only if I don't go into Xandros. As soon as I do, I reboot and lose the Xp item in the boot manager (LILO I think)...

I realize this is drawn out, but just wanted to explain the steps I have gone through so far...

What I want is to be able to access my NTFS drives from within Xandros, and still be able to run XP and Xandros...

Thanks in advance
Old 08-10-2005, 09:50 AM   #2
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NTFS, by being a proprietary FS, is poorly supported in free software (such as Linux (the kernel)).

Currently, there's read support, and experimental, limited write support (read: there's read support, period).

Linux (the kernel) does support FAT, though, so you may want to convert some or all NTFS space to FAT, depending on your needs.

I *order* you to read ESR's `Smart Questions' (GIYF)--your explanations are way too fuzzy. Also, read `Bug Reports' (linked to by ESR's SQ).

I imagine the following should work:
# mount /dev/hdXY /mnt
Otherwise, read man mount and man fstab (that's /etc/fstab).

Post your lilo.conf; rtm if you haven't already.

best wishes --Jonas


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