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Re: [opensuse] Has dual-boot changed?
  • From: Doug <dmcgarrett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2010 22:00:36 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C8D85C4.4040909@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 9/12/2010 6:21 PM, Felix Miata wrote:
On 2010/09/12 18:04 (GMT-0400) John Perry composed:

I was expecting a vaguely remembered option to "repair
installed system", or some such, which isn't on either the net install
disk or the complete iso. I'd rather not have to reinstall suse, even
if I could be sure that would solve all my problems.

I recently tried to find out how to use the XP booter to multi-boot
it and one or more Linux systems. I was unsuccessful, altho I seem
to remember reading somewhere that it is possible--that was at least three years ago. Microsoft, of course, will not help you to boot a
competing system.

What I read recently says that XP must be "chain booted." That is to
say, Grub will find the XP boot sector and point to it after being accessed itself and doing its thing with the Linux system(s).

The other thing I have seen repeatedly over time is that you should always install Windows first. I have never seen instructions for doing it the other way, as the correspondent would like to do.

It would be useful to many if someone here knows the solution to
either of these problems and will post it on the list. In detail,

(I was fortunate in having bought the laptop with XP on it already,
so the only problem was with Squeeze's grub, as I have mentioned on the Debian list, but since Squeeze is in test mode, I guess they are
entitled to a little leeway.)


Blessed are the peacemakers...for they shall be shot at from both sides. --A.M. Greeley
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