Re: problem installing Debian on dual boot with WinXP
I am sure you're right. But if you try to boot different partitions from the
MBR with Lilo it often fails when the first partion is >8GB. I don't know
Grub so well but it is possible to mount this elsewhere than on the MBR
which avoids the problem and Grub2 is even more advantageous.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Freddie Exall" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Harry" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: problem installing Debian on dual boot with WinXP
> On Wed, 8 Dec 2010, Harry wrote:
> > I'm guessing that Gparted has divided your disk into one smaller disk
> > is what the ubuntu partioner sees.
> > First thing I would try is to use cfdisk (available from a slackware or
> > Zenwalk distro to partion your disk correctly.Windows must be on primary
> > only up to 8gb if you want to install lilo or grub in the MBR. The rest
> > be split as you want.
> > Remember that for Ubuntu to see the partitions they must be mounted.
> > 5 does not mount windows partitions on the disk automatically so you
> > see them.
> > I've tried Xp co habiting with Linux and it's not easy to make it work
> > only one 8GB partition.
> > Hope it helps you.
> I have to chip in that I've never had any such problem with gparted or
> grub with a winxp partition of >8GB (currently 30GB), with grub on MBR.
> Osprober's always done its job and gparted has served me well for as long
> as I've needed it. I've had this setup for a while (well, over a year
> anyway;) now so maybe something broke? Maybe I'm just lucky.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Bernard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: <email@example.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 11:46 AM
> > Subject: problem installing Debian on dual boot with WinXP
> >> Hi to Everyone,
> >> I wish to install Linux on a computer where MSWIN XP is already
> >> I thought I would first resize (shrink) the windows partition so as to
> >> create free space for Linux install. I did that, using GParted. Problem
> >> is : at next step, when trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 with an iso CD,
> >> the install system does not see any useful partition. It only sees
> >> /dev/sda, while it should show /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2. Using
> >> "SystemRescueCD', I am able to mount both partitions and display their
> >> size using 'df', but the Ubuntu install system does not see them.
> >> Whether I format /dev/sda2 to ext2 or ntfs, or if I just leave the
> >> without formating, the Ubuntu install CD does not see any suitable
> >> for that purpose.
> >> I came to wonder if, by any chance, my failure was due to that I did
> >> create a partition table. The GParted iso CD offers this possibility,
> >> but then it warns you that creating a partition table will erase all
> >> data in all partitions..
> >> So, maybe I should first create a backup of the MSWIN partition using
> >> Partimage, then run Gparted again and create a partition table, then
> >> install Ubuntu (if the iso CD finds what it needs once a new partition
> >> table is created), then restore the MSWIN saved partition... (or,
> >> the way around, that is, first restore MSWIN and install Ubuntu next)
> >> Prior to attempting such a risky process, I wish I had hints from those
> >> who have already tested, since a number of questions still remain :
> >> Is it allright to backup and restore a MSWIN partition ? Will the
> >> restored partition boot ? How about the MBR ? Shall I have to
> >> GRUB so that both systems work ?
> >> Thanks in advance for your help
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