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    Having Trouble Dual Booting


    So I just finished trying to dual boot XP with Ubuntu. I set up my first linux partition as the primary and all other partitions logical. Then it asked me if I wanted to load the bootstrap loader in the MBR, I didnt know exactly what to do, so I checked yes.

    Then when my system finished rebooting to finish the instalation, it goes straight to XP. So i'm now begining to think that I wasen't supposed to put the bootstrap loader in the MBR.

    If that's what stopped me from dual booting, is there a way I can move the bootstrap loader? Or do I have to redo the whole instalation and pick not put the bootstrap loader in the MBR?

    Thanks.

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    Can you tell us a little more on how your disks are setup, e.g. do you have multiple disks and how those are partitioned?

    Ideally, you should put the bootloader to the MBR, but it should be onto the MBR of the 1st disk as that is where the system searches for which OS's are available.
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    i've got the same problem (XP -redhat8 )
    but i found that i've to installm Xp first then linux.

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    What bootloader was it? If it was LILO, then you can use a livecd, open a terminal, su to root, mount the partition where lilo was installed, chroot /path/to/installed/os, type lilo and that's it. Of course for this to work you will need to have lilo installed and a valid lilo.conf where you installed ubuntu.

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    Here is my setup, I have three hardrives.

    Drive #1: One partition with all my music in NTFS.
    Drive #2: Windows XP with 5 partitions.
    Drive #3: Trying to get Linux on it.

    The bootloader was GRUB.

    Also, when I was setting up al my partitions on the third disk, I put it as type '/' (root). But there was also an option to put it as type boot.

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    Anyone, i've tried again three more times and it still dosen't work.

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    this may be a case of not booting from the right disk...that's bios related. enter the bios configuration and boot off the third disk

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    in linux open a root shell and paste the output of the follewing commands
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    fdisk -l
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    cat /etc/fstab
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    cat /boot/grub/grub.conf    or possably   cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    cat /boot/grub/device.map
    then we will be able to get your dualboot going
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassCasket
    So I just finished trying to dual boot XP with Ubuntu. I set up my first linux partition as the primary and all other partitions logical. Then it asked me if I wanted to load the bootstrap loader in the MBR, I didnt know exactly what to do, so I checked yes.

    Then when my system finished rebooting to finish the instalation, it goes straight to XP. So i'm now begining to think that I wasen't supposed to put the bootstrap loader in the MBR.

    If that's what stopped me from dual booting, is there a way I can move the bootstrap loader? Or do I have to redo the whole instalation and pick not put the bootstrap loader in the MBR?

    Thanks.
    there are a few solutions to your problem.
    try the simple one first.
    install xosl, a third party boot loader from
    http://www.ranish.com/part/xosl.htm
    read up about it.
    quite simple.
    install lilo or grub in the same partition where linux is installed.
    such a choice is given during instalation.

    for now reinstall linux.
    dont be afraid of reinstaltion.
    one learns something new every time.

    tv
    Be happy. Life is too short to be unhappy!

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    dont you have to edit grub.conf?

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