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RE: dual booting XP and Linux

On Thu, 2006-04-06 at 20:54 -0400, Washington, CJ (OCTO) wrote:
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com
> [mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Timothy Murphy 
> Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 8:25 PM 
> To: fedora-list redhat com 
> Subject: RE: dual booting XP and Linux
> Washington, CJ (OCTO) wrote:
> > I found it easier to let the WinXP boot manager chain load GRUB 
> > than the other way 'round. MicroSoft products like to be in 
> > charge. While GRUB+Linux is not a good match, it is a reasonable 
> > match, and works pretty well, whereas GRUB+WinXP is a poor match, 
> > and the WinXP boot manager is a pretty reasonable tool.
> That's nonsense. 
> Millions of people are using to grub to boot Linux and/or Windows. 
> It works perfectly well.
> It's easier to install Windows first, 
> but if you install Linux (with grub) first 
> it is a good idea to save the MBR with something like
>         dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr bs=512 count=1
> Then you can replace it afterwards (if you want) with
>         dd of=/dev/hda if=mbr bs=512 count=1
> --  
> Timothy Murphy   
> e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie 
> tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366 
> s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
> To who ever wants to be a smart ass,
> First of all, I was the one who posed the original question.  Look,
> I'm here because I assumed that there were actually people on this
> list that could help me because in no way am I remotely a Linux guru
> or even novice.  I just got into this just like everyone else on this
> list who once started out very novice with Linux and Unix. 
> It's cool, I'll figure it out eventually.  
> Thanks to everyone for all your help, 
I like the idea of removing the hard drives because it is safe. Your
Windows hard drive cannot be overwritten or damaged because it is not

If you follow those instructions and put the Windows HD back in as a
slave drive...until you fix grub to allow you to boot Windows, you won't
be able to boot into Windows.

My inclination would be to leave the Windows drive as primary master,
make the Linux drive primary slave. Take care to install Linux only to
primary slave (/dev/hdb) but have grub do it's thing automatically,
which would over right the MBR on the primary master which would give
you a grub boot choice of Linux or Windows.


As for Timothy and Mike...they don't shy from their opinions but they
aren't dumb either. It's not about you.

Oh and by the way...your html mail is almost unreadable...could you
please post in plain text emails to the list?

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