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Old 14th May 2010, 08:01 PM
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multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

hi all,
i'd like to install xp, win7, fedora, ubuntu...

i installed xp
then i used gparted to create a partition before xp and installed w7
both can dual boot fine

i installed fedora 12
in grub i can see fedora and windows bootloader
i can get to win7 and login fine
when i go into grub, then win bootloader, then xp, i can get to the login screen, but i can't login
i enter my pw, it takes several seconds, seems to login, then quickly logs out... i see "closing network connections", then i'm back to the xp login screen again

i'm not sure why i can't login to the xp partition
fedora and win7 work fine

win7 & xp worked fine before fedora

grub menu.lst looks ok

any help ???

after fixing this, i'd like to next install ubuntu

hd0,0 - sda1 - w7
hd0,1 - sda2 - xp
hd0,2 - sda3 - extended
hd0,4 - sda5 - fat32 (data)
hd0,5 - sda6 - /boot fedora
hd0,6 - sda7 - / fedora
hd0,7 - sda8 - swap fedora

thanks for your help!

---------- Post added at 11:01 AM CDT ---------- Previous post was at 10:48 AM CDT ----------

splashimage= ......
title Fedora 12
root (hd0,5)
kernel ......
initrd ......
title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
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Old 14th May 2010, 09:18 PM
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Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

Not sure why. XP was on the first partition before you installed Win7 in front of it. Something wrong with the Windows boot loader that is confusing XP. Something here (sample from my work computer)
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
that is wrong now that partition has changed?
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Old 14th May 2010, 10:56 PM
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Question Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...


i have a feeling my moving xp to the 2nd partition may have something to do with it

just weird that it worked before fedora/grub
and that i can actually boot to it and get a login screen, etc.

i'm going to try something different

thanks for the response

---------- Post added at 02:56 PM CDT ---------- Previous post was at 01:27 PM CDT ----------

well, i have another issue

i deleted everything, hoping to start over, but having difficulty removing grub

can't use xp cd recovery because it says no disks present

even tried installing win7, which works and w7 boots, but grub is still there because xp cd says no disks even with an existing and active w7 install

i may try to install f12 with w7 next

anyone have any ideas on how to remove grub?

can't use xp cd - recovery console, nor dos fdisk /mbr

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Old 14th May 2010, 11:16 PM
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Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

Do you have Win7 installed already? If so, boot from the win7 DVD, enter the recovery console (press R when it asks you whether you want to install windows etc.) When you're at the console, type:


that will remove grub
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