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Hi I am currently dual booting Win XP Pro and Felicia. I would like to add Win XP to the Grub menu and make it default. I know how to ...
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    Help adding Win XP Pro to the Grub Menu


    Hi I am currently dual booting Win XP Pro and Felicia. I would like to add Win XP to the Grub menu and make it default. I know how to edit the grub menu but what would i type in there to make it work. Both os's are on different hard drives. Thanks very much.

    The specs.
    Hard disk 1
    Windows XP Pro 32 bit
    300gb sata 1.5 hd
    W/ 2 partions both (NTFS)

    Hard Disk 2
    Linux Mint Felicia 32bit i386
    20gb ide hd
    1 partion (not including swap)
    ext3

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    The best thing to do is to post the output of 'sudo fdisk -l' (lower case Letter L) which will show us your partition information so someone can advise you. Without this info, it would be just guessing.

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    Here is where i ended up on another forum

    "I have a feeling it's more of a matter of needing some fancy tip-toeing around the booting of Windows through GRUB."

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    copy of menu.lst

    Code:
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-legacy-doc/.
    
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not change this entry to 'saved' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default      4
    
    ## Graphical boot menu location
    gfxmenu=/boot/gfxmenu/default.message
    
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout      5
    
    # Pretty colours
    color cyan/blue white/blue
    
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
    
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title      Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root      (hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader   +1
    #
    # title      Linux
    # root      (hd0,1)
    # kernel   /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
    
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
    
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
    
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
    
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=/dev/sda1 ro
    
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=(hd0,0)
    
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
    
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
    
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
    
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
    
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
    
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
    
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(single-user) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
    
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
    
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
    
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
    
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
    
    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title      Linux Mint 6, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
    root      (hd0,0)
    kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash
    initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    quiet
    
    title      Linux Mint 6, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
    root      (hd0,0)
    kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro single
    initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    
    title      Linux Mint 6, kernel Last successful boot
    root      (hd0,0)
    kernel      /boot/last-good-boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash  last-good-boot
    quiet
    
    title      Linux Mint 6, memtest86+
    root      (hd0,0)
    kernel      /boot/memtest86+.bin
    quiet
    
    title      Windows XP Professsional
    root      (hd1,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader   +1
    
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

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    title Windows XP Professsional
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    makeactive
    chainloader +1

    If the above does not work post output of fdisk -l as requested by yancek.

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