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Old 03-14-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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how can i make duel boots


i'm trying to make duel boots with suse linux and windows xp but i have no idea how i can do it.
i only know for windows to windows so can someone tell me how i can make duel boots with linux and windows xp plz

and i hope i posted in right forums
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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This should be pretty straight forward:

First, defragment your Windows drive and run scandisk for errors. If defragmentation still leaves some file fragments at the end of the partition, repeat it until there is enough empty space. If you have already free space on your drive, this is not necessary.

Then insert the installation CD in your drive, boot from the CD (you may need to set this in BIOS) and follow the instructions. YaST, the SUSE installer will recognise your Windows and offer you to shrink its partition.

If questions appear during the installation process, feel free to ask again.
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:19 PM   #3
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i tryed that already and i can't log in as windows xp anymore
it keep restart my computer before i can go into the windows
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:24 PM   #4
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Which version? In 9.1 is a problem with parted (but this can be solved):
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2004/0...booting91.html
 
Old 03-14-2005, 02:31 PM   #5
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thx i'm using suse 9.1
i will try that at home since i'm school

if i can lost how to it i will post it here again
i'm to linux
 
Old 03-14-2005, 11:27 PM   #6
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it say i have type this command but i don't know where i have to type it
gunzip -c parted.img.gz >/dev/fd0
so can someone tell me where i have to type this?
 
Old 03-15-2005, 03:09 AM   #7
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You boot into Linux. Most probably KDE starts and you login with your normal username. Now open a konsole-window, which is the (I think) 3rd button from the left with a little monitor and a shell. You are now in your home directory. Change to the path where you downloaded the parted.img.gz with 'cd /path/to/file'. Now type the command 'gunzip -c parted.img.gz >/dev/fd0' and don't forget to put a floppy in your drive

Alternatively you can type 'gunzip -c /path/to/file/parted.img.gz > /dev/fd0' from anywhere in your system.
 
Old 03-15-2005, 10:52 AM   #8
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i did that but it still can't fix the broken partition
what do i have to do?

also i heard that if you install linux first and then windows then duel boots should work is this right?
if it is then i think i'm going to do that.
 
Old 03-15-2005, 11:11 AM   #9
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i did that but it still can't fix the broken partition
what do i have to do?
What does that mean? Did YaST report that there was nothing to repair or was the repair unsuccessful?

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also i heard that if you install linux first and then windows then duel boots should work is this right?
if it is then i think i'm going to do that.
Not necessarily. If you install Windows after Linux, Linux will not boot until you restore the bootloader. This is possible by booting Linux from CD (or floppy) and re-installing the bootloader. But, yes, if you manage to install Windows it will probably boot.
 
Old 03-15-2005, 01:24 PM   #10
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it was unsuccessful
i tryed 5 more times but still it coundn't fix it
 
Old 03-15-2005, 07:28 PM   #11
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come on
someone must know how to fix this
 
Old 03-15-2005, 09:09 PM   #12
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All I can say is that I hope you backed up your data before doing this.

If all else fails, there are companies that do data recovery (but usually for an exorbitant fee).
 
Old 03-15-2005, 09:37 PM   #13
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Dual boots and prev installs of Win2k

I don't know if this helps:
But I had a copy of Win2K on hard drive B hd1 whatever:
It used to be my boot drive, but I made it a slave on the same primary IDE cable,
and added a 2nd Master drive as hd0 on the same cable, then installed Gentoo Linux.
From my BIOS I could boot from either drive (slave or master).
A clunky way to Dual boot but it worked.
I also discovered that Linux could read directly off the other drive (so much for windows Security!)
I may have made a mistake when I wrote some text files back to this drive,
because I have not yet installed a printer on Linux, and I was booting into Windows
to print things.
Secondly, I recompiled the Linux kernel etc when I updated the system using PORTAGE...
In this process, the Bootloader has to be reinstalled, and I made the mistake of thinking(?)
that I could tell it to boot hd1 (Windows) as an alternate. This didn't work, and may have
screwed up the Boot sector of the Slave (Win2K) drive. I was hoping to put the 2 operating systems (one on each drive) on the Gentoo Boot menu, avoiding resetting the BIOS whenever I wanted to switch.
Two weird things happened: (Windows users take Note
Windows stopped booting and gave instead a bluescreen with error msgs, and could not be rebooted. Windows warned me to re-run SCANDISK /F or whatever to repair the drive,
and warned the bootsector might have been damaged by a virus....

I carefully ignored the suggestions by Microsoft, and did what I know works:
Reinstall Windows2000 from floppy disks, and repair the Operating system.
This then requires Service packs (SP1 SP2 SP3) to be reinstalled, to get Sympatico DSL support and other things working again, like VM and Java etc.
I was lazy and just went straight to Microsoft's update sight and after two or three returns, had once again updated the Windows2000 to a current platform with security fixes.
My process was (needlessly) complicated because I physically switched the drives (put the slave back as the master drive) thus changing and screwing up the Drive Assignments to many things, most importantly, the CD ROM which needs the original Win2K CD in the drive to find certain files in the multiple re-boot / fix / update process.
Nonetheless, I had Windows2K back up in an hour and did not lose any data or have to re-install most of my software! All this in a few hours!
(compare that with updating Linux using Portage at about 16 hours...)

I hope this gets to you in time for you to avoid the cathartic FORMAT C:
 
Old 03-15-2005, 09:50 PM   #14
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IMPORTANT POSTSCRIPT:

I forgot to mention a few key points:

You need:

(1) a previously made set of 4 boot/repair/install disks made from the Win2K CD.
( you made a set of those, right? if not, go to a friend's house and make a set on their machine)

(2) the original Win2K CD (not just the upgrade but an original product disk too!)
(If you try to reinstall/repair off of an upgrade you will be prompted to put your original qualifying product disk(s) /CD/floppies in a drive...take them out right after and put back the upgrade CD...this is not intuitively explained by the screen prompts...

(3) a non-pirated version of Windows. The procedure should work for any version of win.

(4) You might not be able to get access to Microsoft's online auto-update without a legitimate copy (it doesn't have to be previously registered, but it helps...)

(5) I have Sympatico DSL -'lite' which helps - (marginally better than dialup)

(6) You need to be able to boot off your floppy or CDROM or both...(chk BIOS)

(7) Choose repair (& pick the right drive and partition....) full repair, not commandline or file by file...you will die of old age before you are done...)

(8) If you want your precious files back, bring alot of patience and stubbornness to the console...good luck!
 
Old 03-16-2005, 01:12 AM   #15
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To make duel boots:

Take ten paces, turn and fire.
Remove the boots of your fallen opponent.

Repeat.

--Shade
 
  


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