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Old 07-26-2005, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hi, first time post

Been trying to dual boot win XP Pro and mandriva to no avail. I havent had any problems getting xp to work in all cases but I so far havent been able to get mandriva to work at all - even after formatting the drive and just installing mandriva. I have an IBM P4 1.8 256mb Ram and 40gb HDD.

Ive tried installing xp first and trying to put mandriva in the windows partition, and Ive tried just installing mandriva alone, but in each case the install appears to go successfully but when I reboot and select linux from the LILO GUI which disappears after the bar runs to the end of the window then the computer just hangs with nothing on screen. Ive tried the fail safe and updating madriva with the cd again - nothing!

Help Please!!
 
Old 07-26-2005, 11:24 PM   #2
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Hi, installing windows and linux in the same partition is definitely not recommended. My suggestion would be that you create atleast 2 partitions. 1 for windows and another for mandriva. First install windows and then linux. During linux setup disk partitioning, choose the second partition and divide that into two partitions(one for swap ranging from 256-512 MB)
and choose the next(remaining) partition as mountpoint. The problem with lilo seems to be that kernel image(or initrd) is not being accessed by lilo. So during setup configuration, click on bootloader and see if it is set up properly(See if windows is recognized and the partiion is right, and check if the linux option has stuff like "initrd=/boot/initrd.img" and "append="resume=/dev/hda6".
If you cant boot into windows, no need to install that again. just pop in the cd, boot it up, go to recovery console and type the command 'fixmbr'.
 
Old 07-27-2005, 12:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

The problem that I have is that even if I reboot with the mandriva cd in and completely format and partition the drive to suit mandriva - it still doesnt work. Leading me to think that my problem may not be partioning. This is a second hand computer I have bought just for experimenting, so there is no data that it critical to keepand I havent been sparing when it comes to re-partioning etc.

Any other ideas greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-27-2005, 02:11 AM   #4
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What about the lilo setup? Are you sure it is fine?
 
Old 07-27-2005, 05:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help abottoir,

My latest attempt saw me re-format the drive with 2 partitions. The first one fat32 7 gig and the second one 32gig and I installed win XP on the second one. It worked fine. I then tried to install mandriva in the first partition and told it to auto allocate itself within the 7gig partition. Next I checked the settings of the bootloader. It didnt recognise windows this time but the settings were:
image /boot/vmlinuz
root /dev/hda1
append acpi=ht resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent
initrd /boot/initrd.img

whilst rebooting it also came up with something about fbioblank error. It rebooted into the loader then failed after selecting linux. Incidentally now windows doesnt boot either - but that can be fixed easily Im sure.

Does any of this help??
 
Old 07-27-2005, 05:46 AM   #6
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I am sorry, but i cant help you much, it looks like a lilo problem, maybe you can try installing grub. If you want to get back to windows without reformatting, do fixmbr in recovery console(see my first post).
 
  


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