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Old 02-03-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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"Error loading operating system" in WinXP dual boot

I had a dual win2k-ubuntu setup with bootmagic working nicely. I upgraded to WinXP pro, but the boot partition with bootmagic caused some problems. I reinstalled XP and tried to use the various workarounds to get the XP bootloader to recognize the linux setup, but that was difficult because I couldn't get into the linux side. I tried booting with ubuntu live which allowed me to see my linux, but do nothing with it. So I reinstalled ubuntu and chose the option to install grub on a floppy assuming this would keep it from messing with XP. Wrong!

I get the "Error loading operating system" error when I boot without the floppy. Although both work with the floppy.

I would like to get a boot working without the floppy. I've tried fixmbr, etc with XP recovery console and tried a repair install...

Still "Error loading operating system". Does someone have advice or links as to how to get to a reliable boot setup for such a system?


Old 02-03-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
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When you install windows it overwrites the MBR. If you insist on using windows tools to dual boot I cannot help, but if you install grub to the MBR, rather than the floppy you should be fine.


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