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Okay, beforehand, I'm going to let you know what my system looks like right now as far as hard disks go. Alright, on my motherboard I have 1 Parallel ATA ...
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    Okay, beforehand, I'm going to let you know what my system looks like right now as far as hard disks go.

    Alright, on my motherboard I have 1 Parallel ATA controller. The CD-ROM drive is taking up the master port and my hard drive running debian is using the primary slave. And then this is where I'm confused: I have a second hard disk set as primary master on a 2 port PCI parallel ata controller. This hard drive has windows XP professional.

    Now, what I need to do is set up GRUB to let Windows XP dual boot with Debian. I would appreciate it if someone with knowledge on how to do this could help me with my problem.

    Any suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks for your time,
    Robert

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    Well I realized that I could change my cd drive over to the parallel ata card and make the linux drive master and the windows drive slave. so I did it. That kinda worked because it was recognizing that there was a drive at hd1,0. However, It still did not work properly because it did not recognize the File system, and when I tried to boot debian, it froze on the startup, and said something like: could not start APY: Job control turned off. I'm not sure if that's exactly what it said but that's close to what it was at least.

    About the filesystem thing with my windows drive. I think it might be My grub entry for the windows boot up. which is:
    Code:
    title		Windows XP Professional
    root		(hd1,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader 	+1
    Which I put in /boot/grub/menu.lst, which is the correct place right?

    And these new problems that arose, which are the file system error and the linux boot up error, I'm hoping to find a solution to, so that I don't have to deal with booting off of the parallel ata card.

    Does anyone know of a solution, or at least a cause for these two new problems?

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    Ok, so I solved my problems with the dual boot by plugging the CD-ROM into the parallel ata controller and it still works, but not to boot cds which won't be a problem, because I can always swap a few IDE cables, and I only plan on having one hard drive plugged in during a new install anyway.

    I figured out that the linux boot up issue was caused by the grub entry. It seems that I forgot to set the location of the linux kernel from hdb1 to hda1.

    And the Windows dual boot not recognizing the file system, I fixed by adding the following lines to my windows entry:
    Code:
    map		(hd0) (hd1)
    map		(hd1) (hd0)
    rootnoverify	(hd1,0)
    Thanks everyone for your silence. Had you actually said something, I wouldn't have had the motivation necessary to fix it on my own.

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