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Old 04-22-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
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Duel boot vista+Mandriva

How do i go about duel booting Vista and Mandriva.I have Vista on already.If i install mandriva with grub will it wipe the Vista boot on MBR? If so how do i config grub to load Vista?
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yes and yes.

When grub installs the boot-loader to MBR it should pick up the vista partition.

Do you have a partition for your linux install?

When the system reboots you should see a new bootloader the has vista (or windows) listed there. Select it to get to the windows boot-menu(and use an overrated OS).

The others are Linux, linux-safemode, and maybe one other.

Be careful partitioning(defrag vista first) and
Good luck, Glenn.
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I quite like the "duel" booting misspelling there. In my experience there should be no duel between Windows and Linux on a dual boot machine as long as you are installing Linux on a machine that already has Windows on it.

Now, my experience is only with Mandriva, Win2k and lilo, but in that instance it just worked when I installed Mandriva 2007.0 on a Win2k machine. lilo just picked up Windows once Mandriva was installed and gave Windows and Linux as teo boot options.

I did a bit of reading around beforehand by searching on Google and it was as easy as everyone claimed. It might be worth a Google search to see whether Vista creates problems Win2k does not.
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I have to ask if there is some way to fix the problem I'm having. It's just like above, however I installed using SimpleyMEPIS 6.5, and I have no option to boot Vista. I've switched between that and Ubuntu, which sees it but after the second time I installed a linux distro I can't access Vista. Again with Ubuntu I have the option but it doesn't boot, I get some weird error, and when I try the Windows XP option it dumps me into the Vista restorer.

So if anyone can tell me how to access Vista, or better how to install and run VB Studio 2005 on a MEPIS install, great.
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Something tells me you installed the boot loader to the MBR of a second disc where Linux is installed and not to the first disc where Windows is installed. The later is where it should be installed in the MBR. And because you mentioned Windows XP, something else tells me you're not "dual booting". Maybe you should spill all the beans and give all the information.
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All the information huh?

Ok both installs of MEPIS and Ubuntu I had the installer install Grub to the MBR. That's what I did, the only thing I didn't mention is that after the first install of Ubuntu when everything was running fine, I choose to see how PC-BSD 1.3 was. Well as I couldn't get the network settings working, I tried shuffling between Ubuntu and MEPIS. Again when I installed Ubuntu I get "Windows XP" and "Windows Longhorn Bootloader" as options for boot at the bottom of the list on Grub. I don't get that with the MEPIS' Grub install, and I even tried that repair MBR from the SimplyMEPIS disc.

I haven't messed with this, besides change distros. The only thing I think I haven't considered is going in and changing Grub myself and adding the boot option for Vista. However I have almost zero experience or knowledge as to changing Grub from it's command line, if it's just as easy by going to the /boot partition then sure I'll go change it next time I boot the laptop up.

And again as I've said if there is a way to just use VB studio 2005 under a distro of linux I would gladly take that as an option. Only reason I cling to Vista is I put a good amount of trouble to get VB installed and at my college it's the only way I'd be able to use the wireless internet (stupid I know).


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