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Re: Will wine|win4lin|VMWare save my XP bacon?



On Mon, 3 Apr 2006 15:14:06 -0400
John <JohnRChamplin@columbus.rr.com> wrote:

> On (03/04/06 09:17), Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> > From: Andrew Sackville-West <andrew@farwestbilliards.com>
> > Subject: Re: Will wine|win4lin|VMWare save my XP bacon?
> > Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 09:17:44 -0700
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> > On Fri, 31 Mar 2006 22:14:41 -0500
> > John <JohnRChamplin@columbus.rr.com> wrote:
> > 
> > > 
> > > I do not fully understand what happened. I was NOT using any repair
> > > CD; the only XP resources available were those on the partition I had
> > > copied via dd to /dev/hdb1 (D:, in Windows talk) from /dev/hda1
> 
> <snip from my earlier post>
>  
> > its really pretty simple, Windows doesn't like to boot off of any
> > drive but the first partition of the first hard-drive. Why? who
> > knows. but the "map" commands you used in GRUB fool it into thinking
> > its the first drive so then it boots just fine.
> >
> > I can only guess that as part of its boot process it checks for
> > certain bits on the disk, but being Windows, it doesn't specify "my"
> > disk, but "the first" disk... you know what happens when you assume.
> >
> > You happened to have XP on BOTH disks and since they were duplicate
> > images, your D: windows found what it needed on the C: drive and thus
> > booted... until you killed the C: drive. make sense?
> 
> What you say makes sense, but it's not what happened. Let me
> recapitulate as simply as I can:
> 
> 1. I copied my whole Windows XP partition to another disk; actual
> command: dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/dev/hdb1 bs=$((1*1024*1024)). (Warning:
> the partitions must be the same size.
> 2. I booted into XP (from the original disk), and it discovered "new
> hardware," and recognized both C: and D;
> 3. I (foolishly) wiped /dev/hda1, and then copied by Debian root
> partition: dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/dev/hda1 bs=$((1*1024*1024)). (Same
> warning as 1. above.)
> 4. Next I rewrote /boot/grub/menu.lst to reflect the new location of
> the XP installation: root (hd1,0)
> 5. XP wouldn't boot. I tried various stuff, finally wrote d-u, got the
> suggestion to try mapping.
> 6. Booted successfully into Windows XP. It's at this point that the
> puzzling event occurred: XP reinstalled itself, without asking AT
> ALL. It could not possibly have drawn on resources from C: (aka
> /dev/hda1), since that location was now occupied by Debian GNU/Linux.
> Had the events occured at step 2, your explanation would very likely
> be correct.  But not at step 6.

okay, well that's just plain weird. Where did it re-install itself? back on /dev/hda1? Doesn't that make it a virus? ;)

> 
> [....]
> 
> Andrew, thanks for taking a stab at it. Probably this is more detail
> than anyone really wanted to have.

its all good. I love to learn...

A

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