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Re: Serious reservations about FC2 release on 5/18

On Mon, 17 May 2004 16:34:23 -0400
"Michael Hatzel" <michael epm2 com> wrote:

> >> But they do not CLAIM to support it.  This would be a different issue
> >> if FC2 clearly said that your windows partition would be un-bootable.
> >> Instead, it offers to set it up for you.
> >
> >No they don't.   There is no support at all for anything in Fedora.   AT
> ALL.
> >Nothing.  If it breaks, you own both halves.   Everyone wants a good
> >working system.  We're all here to work towards a better system.  The point
> >is that whining is unproductive.  Help the developers solve the problem or
> >be quiet until it's fixed.
> As far as I know, XP has never been supported using GRUBs chainloader +1
> directive.  What I have always had to do is install grub on the first block
> of boot, use dd to pull the first block of my /boot partition to a file such
> as Linux.bin
> dd if=/dev/hda1 of=Linux.bin bs=512 count=1
> mount my c:\ under linux, then reboot into windows.  Then edit Boot.ini to
> read something like this:
> [boot loader]
> timeout=30
> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
> [operating systems]
> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
> Professional" /fastdetect
> c:\Linux.bin="Fedora Core 1"
> and then reboot again, and GRUB should run fat dumb and happy.  This is not
> a perfect solution, but XP seems to resent being chainloaded.  I'm not sure
> if GRUB developers have created a patch or a more efficient work around for
> this, but the truth is that dual booting is not a perfect scenario, and
> shouldn't really be attempted unless you are sure what it is that you are
> doing.  Eventually, I'd like to see some work done in this area, but until
> then, I'll do what I have to do to make the best of an awkward situation.
> Mike

You're right Mike.  It usually works great, and years ago I did the same 
thing with  Windows 2000.     But most people in this thread are trying it 
the other way around.   Using grub to start XP.


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