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Re: Boot Windows XP from high block number?



On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 9:32 AM, Jonathan Ryshpan <jonrysh pacbell net> wrote:
> I have installed Linux and Windows XP on my hard drive and am trying to
> set up a dual boot.  Unfortunately XP is installed at a high sector,
> namely block 204438565.  The partition table starts:
>
>   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/sda1              63     2040254     1020096   83  Linux
> /dev/sda2         2040255   104438564    51199155   83  Linux
> /dev/sda3   *   104438565   206836874    51199155    b  W95 FAT32
> ...
>
> I have set up grub.conf as follows:
>
> ...
> title Windows
>        rootnoverify (hd0,2)
>        chainloader +1
>
> The grub initialization screen starts OK, but when I select Windows,
> grub fails with a disk read error.
>
> Questions:
>
> (1) Is grub.conf set up right for this partition table?
>
> (2) Is it possible to boot XP at this location, or do I have to
> reinstall Linux and XP with their partition reversed, so as to get the
> XP partition to a smaller block number?
>
> (3) Is there some quicker way to get the partitions reversed other than
> reinstallation?
>
I read somewhere that windows needs to be the first partition to boot
properly. So you may try installing windows at hd0,0 and try again.

Regards
-- 
Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury
Fedora Ambassador
sherry151 gmail com


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