Bug#266248: RC1 Installer causes problems for windows xp dual boot
I tried an 2.6 kernel install using the RC1 installer and encountered
the following problem.
I used the debian installer to create 3 logical partitions (/, /home and
swap) and installed grub as the boot-loader. During the grub install, it
successfully picked up my windows partition and added that to the boot
When I rebooted however, grub failed to boot windows xp for me. In
particular, when I selected the windows xp option, grub proceeds until the
point where it hands over control to the windows xp boot-loader (it seems
like, I'm not a windows expert) and it then hangs indefinitely.
I can see no documentation in debian (or reported problems) indicating any
problems like this but I did come across this
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=115980 which seems to
have the same symptoms.
Some investigation reveals that there is a known problem with parted
altering the CHS values for LBA partitions. This problem seems to be fixed
in the latest release of parted -
The problem has occured on Fedora and is detailed here
A workaround for the problem is to boot first with a distro such as
knoppix and use the fdisk from that to partition your system. I can
confirm that the problem does not occur if parted is not used to partition