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    dual boot linpus linux and xp


    can someone help me out, im a newbie in linux and i have a mini laptop that had a preinstalled linpus linux, i want to install xp on it and im not sure if i installed xp if their will be a dual boot menu or will it just go directly to xp? ive been searchin on the net and it said their that if i install xp it will overwrite the grub bootloader what do i have to do so it wont overwrite it? i saw some suggestions but im not sure how to do it. what i did first is to partition my hd and i used gparted and made 2 partitions, the new partition i made i chose fat32 and made it the primary drive, one of the suggestions i saw was to disable the primary drive so it wont overwrite grub but the procedure that i was lookin at is for an asus and i have a different brand while others suggest that i just have to install bootloader again but i dont know how to do it.

    any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Windows XP Installer will remove Linux Boot Loader, GRUB and Windows XP will boot up by default without giving any option for Linux boot. Its very easy to re-install GRUB.
    Boot up from SuperGRUB CD and select 'Fix Linux Boot Loader (GRUB)' option. It will re-install GRUB. You can add an entry for Windows OS in GRUB Menu easily.
    After re-installing GRUB, boot up Linpus and execute fdisk -l command in Terminal and post output here.
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    hi, thanks for the quick reply, i did what u said and chose fix grub, now, whenever i start i get grub>_ how do i start linpus that way or windows?

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    ok, ive been googling about this all night and from what i understand im missing the menu.lst file thats why im not getting the menu, do i have to create that myself (which i dont think i can since im just a newbie) or can i just download it somewhere?

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    There must be menu.lst or grub.conf file in /boot/grub folder. Do you have LiveCD of any distro?
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    ive got a live cd of ubuntu 5.1, will that work?

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    Yes. Boot up from Ubuntu CD, open Terminal and execute this
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.

    * Its small L in fdisk -l.
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    i booted on livecd and went to applications-accesories-terminal and typed sudo fdisk -l and this is what i got

    disk /dev/hdc: 40.0gb, 40000536576 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4863 cylinders
    units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    device boot start end blocks id system
    /dev/hdc1 1 2432 19535008+ 83 linux
    /dev/hdc2 * 2433 4863 19527007+ c w95 fat32 (lba)

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    Execute this :
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    mkdir linpus
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/hdc1 linpus
    cat linpus/boot/grub/menu.lst
    Post output here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils casper View Post
    Execute this :
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    mkdir linpus
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/hdc1 linpus
    cat linpus/boot/grub/menu.lst
    Post output here.
    ok i did all of that and the output i got is


    cat: linpus/boot/grub/menu.lst: no such file or directory

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