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Re: XP-LINUX Dual Boot - Still have problems

Questions about GRUB get asked a lot. I usually refer people to this
article, which is still a pretty good primer even though it was written
a few years ago:


GRUB is really good, and it's worth your time to learn how to install it
and use it.

happy new year,

On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 17:45:32 -0500
<abhay@cox.net> wrote:

> Hi:
> I have a Dell Dimension 8300 which came preloaded with XP on the first
> hard drive.  I added a second hard drive and installed Debian Woody on
> it.  I installed LILO with MBR on /dev/hdb1 which is my / partition. 
> I made a dos boot CD using instructions at bblcd and used loadlin to
> boot into linux. Then I used the following command to create a
> linux.bin file
> dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=/linux.bin bs=512 count=1
> I copied linux.bin to /dev/hdb4 which is my vfat partition.  I
> rebooted the machine and logged in as root into XP.  I copied the file
> linux.bin to C: and added the following entry to boot.ini
> C:\linux.bin="Debian Linux"
> I rebooted again and selected "Debian Linux" from the menu.  I got a
> bunch of 0s and 7s filling up my whole screen but it never booted into
> linux.
> I also tried GRUB with GRUB installed on /dev/hda which is my first
> hard disk.  Upon rebooting the words GRUB were printed at the top left
> corner of the screen and the machine simply hung after that.
> Ctrl-Alt-Delete got me out of that and I used the XP recovery console
> to fix my MBR and restored the machine so I could boot XP.  I can boot
> into linux using my dos cd and loadlin but would like to boot into it
> without having to do this.
> Oh and I did upgrade my bios but the problem persists.
> Any help with dual booting XP and Linux with XP boot loader will be
> much appreciated.
> Regards
> Abhay
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