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installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home and now i can't get windows xp to load at all what can i do to dual boot them or do i have to use the recovery cds i got with my comp please help thank you
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

You might get it working if you install something like partition magic.

Two issues here.

1) Why a dot zero of RedHat. If there were any issues with XP that RedHat was aware of they were more likely to be fixed by 7.2 or 7.3

2) XP might have specifically done something to the OS to cause this problem.

I've never done the dual boot thing. With used hardware so cheap its always been easier for me to keep the OS' on different boxes.

that works for me, and I use Linux as a server os only.

Good luck.

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Lester Harms
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Re: installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

Can you get to a dos prompt..than type in:
restore

this should restore you back to an earlier successful bootup.

If that fails try at the dos prompt:
scanreg /restore

this should bring you back to XP before the linux install.
WallPaper over inflates the ego

Re: installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

i can't get into any part of windows xp because win xp is on a different harddrive than linux
Kevin Joubert
Occasional Advisor

Re: installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

You may have failed during the install to add an entry in your Linux bootloader for the WinXP partition.

What bootloader are you using? Probably LILO.

And what exactly is your harddrive configuration? Which hard drive is XP on? How many partitions on that drive and is it slave or master on which IDE controller?

This is easy to fix by adding a couple of lines to your lilo.conf file and reinstalling the boot loader.

Can you post here the following:

1.the contents of /etc/lilo.conf

2. the results of the commands

fdisk -l /dev/hda
fdisk -l /dev/hdb
fdisk -l /dev/hdc
fdisk -l /dev/hdd

-Kevin

Re: installed RH 7.0 on the extra drive in my HP pavillion 531w and now i can't get windows xp home

well kevin here is the info you asked for
LiLo is off of a boot disk i created contents are:
boot=/dev/fd0
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
prompt
image=/vmlinuz-2.2.16-22
label=Linux
root=/dev/hdb3


the commands gave me :
fdisk -l /dev/hda
hda1: sectors 1-646 bytes 4883728+ id 12 compaq diagnostic
hda2: sectors 647-5168 bytes 34186320 id HPFS/NTFS
hda3: sectors 5169-5169 id a OS/2 Boot Manager


hdb2 and 3 are linux and 4 is Linux swap

hope this helps