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Hi all, I dont whether this post belongs to this section. I have installed Linux in my PC before.. and Im working with that.. Now recently I have installed WinXP ...
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    Linux system in windows box


    Hi all, I dont whether this post belongs to this section.
    I have installed Linux in my PC before.. and Im working with that.. Now recently I have installed WinXP on that.. now Im not able to go to .. Linux OS now.. Can anyone please tell me how to bring that.. back. I have work and all in that..

    Thanks in advance

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    Depends on how you installed XP.
    If there is only one harddisk, which used to contain linux, and you installed XP on the same partition:
    Then you are out of luck: data is lost.

    Please boot a linux liveCD and post the output of
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    fdisk -l
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    No.. I havent deleted the partition.. I have taken care while installing WinXP..
    If I have can you revert back with the Linux CD with what I have..
    If so please give me the method...

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    Also I have another question.. If I have the seperate partition.. from WinXP.. Is there any application or software that can take the linux partition and boot the linux when Im currently running WinXP OS. Something like VMWare.. but in case of VMWare i have create a new image.. but I want to use the existing partition..

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    linux within windows:
    Only via virtualization, but then you do not need linux in a separate partition.

    For your actual problem:
    As stated, please provide the output of
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    fdisk -l
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Im asking bcoz for the software bcoz.. I had some problms in the VMware.. system is tooo slow.. and once deleted the space doesnt get recovered. and many more..
    Can you give me if u know some software for that purpose..

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    Did you install the VMware tools inside your guest OS?
    That speeds up the VM.

    Other than that:
    Yes, virtualization is quite heavy.
    You should have at least two cpu cores and 2-4GByte.
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Please find the following output :
    Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0c030c02

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 5099 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 5100 9729 37190475 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 5100 8286 25599546 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 8287 9662 11052688+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 9663 9729 538146 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    I have kept my ubuntu CD, to try something.. but got confused.. where to start.
    I went to a command menu and got this..

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    download supergrub disk and use it to reinstall grub into MBR, then you can set up grub to dual boot windows xp and your ubuntu

    also, you should be able to use the ubuntu livecd to reinstall grub into MBR as well

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