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Old 01-16-2004, 08:35 PM   #1
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Exclamation dual boot installation problems with WinXP

Noob here again....

Just installed collegelinux on disc with WinXP:

hda1...Boot Primary NTFS...about 20 Gig
hda2...Primary Linux.....about 13 Gig
hda5...linux swap....about 3000 mb

Although I thought I configured this properly during setup, I don't get the option to boot to WinXP. Only collegelinux is listed.

Question: Can I fix this problem by going to administrator in System and changing boot partition?

Or, do I need to just boot from CD and setup again?

Also, while I'm asking, my mouse's scroll feature doesn't want to work regardless of whether I select 3 buttons in setup or not. I have a Logitech Optical scroll mouse. Also, is there any way to slow down the boot info? How would you pause? I tried "pause".

Very many thanks for your help in advance. I would appreciate not having to set up WinXP (and therefore the whole disc again). I'm doing this install to learn to use linux as my main OS



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Old 01-16-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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What bootloader are you using?

Assuming you're using GRUB, you need to edit your grub.conf file, on redhat its at /etc/grub.conf

You will need to add WinXP in there, mine looks like this

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You do not have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
#          root (hd0,2)
#          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
#          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux Professional
	root (hd0,2)
	kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
	initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title Windows XP Home Edition
	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
	chainloader +1
Not sure how it will work with your partitions, I guess just change your rootnoverify (hd0,0) to point to the HD partition you are using.

Hope this helps, I'm a n00b myself, so you might want to wait for someone wiser than I?

Old 01-16-2004, 08:53 PM   #3
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Thx Matt..I'm using LILO.
This really is fun but I need to know a little better what I'm doing before the real fun can begin. It's like "hmmm...WONDER WHAT THIS WILL DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
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Do youy have a DOS option? In Lilo that should be XP.
Old 01-16-2004, 09:10 PM   #5
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ahhh, ok I'll check.
Old 01-16-2004, 09:47 PM   #6
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thanks for all the help...
I repartitioned linux and swap file. I discovered my error was in choices dunring install of LILO. I didn't press 1 to create the windows boot option and set it as default. OK. How simple and yet....
Hey, thanks for all the help here.
I will return the favor to others as I learn more. This just makes me want to learn all I can. I'm about at the point with linux that I was when I installed Win 3.1 and said "WOO...device manager...WOO...menus..WOO...buttons!"
All I wanted a pc for years ago was to make and record music from midi instruments. "386 ENHANCED mode on my!" hahahahaha!
Looking forward to learning and laughing with a bunch of Penguin lovers!




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