Dual Boot Mandriva & WinXP Pro
I am currently working on WinXP Pro SP2 (P4 2.8GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD). WinXP is installed in the D: drive (& not in the conventional C: drive though the System partition is the C: drive i.e. C: is the System partition & D: is the Boot partition). I want my machine to give me the dual boot option of WinXP & Mandriva when I start my machine. I successfully downloaded Mandriva from a FTP site (693MB) & burnt it as a DISC IMAGE (according to Nero 6.0) & not as a DATA DISC in a blank CD so that I can install Mandriva in my hard drive using the CD.
I changed the First Boot Device to CDROM in the BIOS & restarted my machine to install Mandriva but I don't know why Mandriva refuses to install in my hard drive. I could boot from the CD successfully after which I was told to select the language, country, keyboard, set the time etc. following which the Mandriva GUI (orange colored) came up but Mandriva didn't install itself in the hard drive though I was given the following kernel options while Mandriva was booting:
But since I don't have any idea what these kernel options would do, I didn't select any of the above options. Will selecting one of the above kernel options install Mandriva on the hard disk & give me dual boot option of WinXP & Mandriva when my machine starts?
If yes, then which kernel option should I select? If no, then it means that if I want to use Mandriva, I have to always boot from the CD & after the booting completes, each & every time I have to select the language, country, keyboard, set the time etc. for the Mandriva GUI to come up This will be too monotonous!
While working in Mandriva, I also changed the boot from LILO to GRUB in the Control Center but when I tried to set the boot option, I was told No bootloader could be found (or something of that sort).
Please guide on how do I install Mandriva in my hard drive so that I can get the dual boot option. Note that prior to giving me the above options, Mandriva showed me the following:
Boot options initrd=/boot/cdrom/initrd.gz fastboot splash=silent vga=788
Please note that before Mandriva, I had tried installing Mandrake 8.2 first & then Debian 2.2 but due to some reasons, after the installations, I couldn't proceed after logging in with my login name & password (i.e. I couldn't see the GUIs). In the process, 2 Linux logical drives with EXT2 filesystem & a Linux Swap logical drive also got created. First when I installed Mandrake 8.2, during start-up, my machine gave the following 5 booting options:
linux - nonfb
But since I couldn't proceed after logging into Mandrake, I installed Debian 2.2 but after installing Debian, my machine no longer gave me the above 5 booting options & by default, WinXP was loaded everytime. In fact, unlike Mandrake, Debian didn't give me the option to boot from my hard disk but I was told to create a rescue floppy disk. After this, to log into Debian, I had to use that floppy disk but, as already mentioned above, I couldn't proceed after logging into Debian as well.
Can someone please help me out?