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Triple Booting - Help (Installation of Linux)

Question: Triple Booting - Help (Installation of Linux)

I own a macbook pro (Core Duo, 2 gig ram, 160gb hd). I am going off of the site.... I have installed the rEFIt loader and windows XP. Mac and Windows work fine. But i am not sure how to go about Linux. Apparently, the linux boot loading system and the mac os x boot loading system aren't the same and this can cause conflicts when trying to get a boot loader together?? Well, the site tells me to install linux/lilo and do some crazy configurating with them. The configurations of lilo i am sure i can figure out... I just am not sure where to begin... Am i supposed to install linux and lilo then in linux (through option/alt and loading that partition) am i supposed to change the lilo loader? Or how am i supposed to deal with Lilo. Is anybody able to decipher what they are saying or able to help me in another way going forward with what i already am working with.
I am trying to get Ubuntu on my system.

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Preferred Solution: Triple Booting - Help (Installation of Linux)

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I want to make tripple booting win7, 2k3 and linux how should I make please help me.

Answer:I want triple booting (Win7, W2k3, & Linux)

xp forum!On separate discs?If you install in the order 2k3, win7 then linux, the win7 install will create a dual boot with 2k3, then linux will create a dual boot with windows (probably using GRUB).

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Hi every one...I currently installed kali linux on my virtual box, but as times goes on i noticed that some features were not fully usable under the virtualisation environment such as the NAT and Bridged network protocols and some other network issues. I decided to dual boot kali with my Win10 wich is my primary OS, I followed the neccesary procedure like creating a bootable kali pendrive, disabling secure boot, enabling Legacy mode, disabling the fast boot, creating a free partition and so on.....The installation went smooth and perfect but I was unable to boot into kali's GRUB after the restart, instead, my machine boot into win10 and not even the so called black screen appeared, I wiped the partitioned space i used for the installation and started the installation all over with different pendrives, sd cards and DVDs and even downloading another ISO image with the intention that either the pendrive or the image had been corrupted but the sha1 sum is still the same with the one on the official website. I also tried other methods like using the Easy BCD toolkit and i got an error message "Due to limitations set by microsoft, many of EasyBCD features can not be used in EFI, and BCD edit to create a new entry but instead i got two win10 on my pc installing other linux distro like arch and backbox did the same... I tried using other iso burning tolls like linux live usb installer, win32 disk imager, windows iso burning tool, rufus.....the only thing i noticed was that i wasn't a... Read more

Answer:kali linux not booting to Grub after installation

@Remzified Sorry, but this is just a community self-help forum staffed by volunteers helping folks with MS Windows-related problems.HP only warranties their PCs for use with the original OS that comes preinstalled on the PCs. When you replace that or add a different OS, you then assume full responsibility for maintaining that PC.For support with Linux issues, your best approach is to post in the support forum of the Linx distro you are going to use.Good Luck 

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I have system with Dual boot (Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux)
I have "Oracle Application installation dump for Linux" in Windows 2000 system
How to access(Install) this dump booting with Linux o/s

Answer:How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

You can recompile your kernel with NTFS support or install Captive NTFS to gain access to NTFS partitions.

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I installed Windows 8 few days and found that the partition on which I had installed linux is Empty.
Previously I had Win 7 and linux on dual boot. Win 7 was on different hard drive and Linux was in different hard drive. I have installed Windows 8 on the same hard drive where linux was installed though the partitions are different. I checked disk management and it shows the Linux partition- Empty. Also the Visual BCD doesn't shows the linux loader. just win 7 n 8. So Is it possible to get back the files on the linux partition anyhow? If not, then Will Win 8 be affected if I install linux again?( just as linux was deleted when I installed Win 8)

I have attached screenshots of Disk Management and Visual BCD.
The First partition is where I installed Linux.

Answer:Triple Boot WIN 7/8 and Linux

sorry for your loss... but microsoft isnt...
i have 2 hard drives in my laptop. i use terabyte bootit to manage them.
there are many os's on the main drive (1) and data and backups on the drive in the dvd bay (0).
windows 8 will try to make a separate boot partition on drive 0 wherever that is. as long i have my nfts partition there, it will leave it alone and put the boot files in there also. i then just copy the files back again and edit the bcd.
if drive 0 is empty or first partition is unrecognised, windows will make its own partition, overwriting what was there.
is that what happened?

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I installed Win 7 on a triple boot with Vista and Linux and meant to keep Linux and Win 7, expecting Vista to be overwritten. Unforeseen Vista remained installed.

Using a special boot cdrom, I get entries for all 3 OS, but Vista boots into my Lenovo laptop's rescue software and proposes to "rescue" the Vista and I can't get passed that. I expect it means deleting the other OS?

I imagine I could uninstall Vista in some way placed in the folder Windows_Old or maybe being able to boot it, as I would be able to get some registration keys off software as well as using some software that doesn't work on win7. How can I now uninstall Vista safely?

I expect a partition manager like in Linux could recover the partitions for new data.

Does anyone have some comments on this?

Answer:Win 7 with Vista and Linux triple boot

I have a similar tri-boot system with Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RC Build 7100. I preordered Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and have the installation DVD.
I am wanting to put the purchased copy of Windows 7 in place of the windows 7 RC for now. and just need to know if I can do that.
Would I need to format the logical drive that the windows 7 RC is on prior to installing? And will I be given the option to choose where I want to install it?
heismark, I am also interested in the answer to your question because for now I do not want Vista to be touched until I can figure out the answer to some other questions.

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Hi all,

I am trying to triple boot using the VISTA boot loader. How would I do this?

Each os is going to be on a separate physical SATA drive.

First I installed XP, then I installed Vista which overwrote the xp bootloader in the MBR.

How do I install Fedora 7 without overwriting the MBR? Do I need to install GRUB on the drive outside of the MBR? Or can I just get away with not installing GRUB at all and then adding the partition/drive to the vista boot loader?

Do I need to copy the linux boot sector? How? I won't be able to get into vista if I don't install grub as the primary boot loader, right?


Answer:Triple boot linux/XP/Vista

you have the usual sequence of installs. GRUB or lilo is installed LAST as it
will read the existing boot manager and copy all the data into itself.

it is not uncommmon to see successive boot choices, eg

Linux xxx

but as i have/will not install Vista, check for more specific details

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I've already got Win 2000, ME, and Debian Linux on my system. I know the Windows dual boot is fairly automatic, but the guy who installed Linux for me got the triple boot thing going, and I'm not sure how he did it! Basically, at boot-time, I can choose between Linux and Windows, and then if I choose Windows, it takes me to what I expect is Windows' automatic dual boot choice screen with Win 2000 and ME listed as options.

I want to get rid of Win 2K and install Win XP in its place. What would be the cleanest way to do this? Should I wait to format the partition Win 2000 is on until I'm in the middle of the Win XP installation? I'm not even sure if my Win 2000 partition is currently NTFS or FAT32. What's an easy way to determine this? Does it even matter?

So, basically, I'm hoping that Win XP could end up in Win 2000's spot on the OS choices at boot-up. Could it be this simple?


Answer:installing xp with linux triple boot!

Heheheh my young padawan. The Dark Side I sense in you....

Please post the contents of the two following files:

1) in linux / , the file /etc/lilo.conf

2) in windows, the file c: , boot.ini

You get 1) by

bash$> cat /etc/lilo.conf > file1.txt

and under windows 2) by :

more c:\boot.ini > file2.txt

these operations in MS-DOS window or terminal window or cmd.exe. use respective text editor edit.exe, notepad.exe or pico, emacs or whatever....

post file1.txt and file2.txt here for us to read. or whatever.... open these files in text editors and paste them here... whatever... i just wanna read your various start up scripts in case i need to edit them.....

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Question: triple booting

Probably one of my biggest fears is posting in the wrong place,but here goes. The other day i booted Ubuntu 11.10 INSIDE my windows seven for simplicity sake. Now I guess Im being greedy and would like to double boot windows Vista into the group. I have plenty of space on the HD. But i dont know just how to accomplish this or if its even possible. I do know, however, that yall are a pretty sharp bunch and im asking for help in doing this. Any takers? id greatly appreciate any help and or caveats. Sincerely,tintorerra!

Answer:triple booting


By "inside" windows, did you use Wubi? or a virtual machine (such as VirtualBox or VMWare).

Also, yes, it is possible. you can technically have infinite, however, things become complicated after 3/4 OSs.

Just so i can get an idea of what your setup is, please go to disk management (Start --> right-click "computer" --> "manage" --> in left hand pane: "disk managment") and take a screenshot of it. to do that, press "printscreen" ("Prt Scr" on your keyboard) then open up MS paint and paste the image. save it and attach it to your next post.



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Question: Triple Booting

I've got XP and linux double-booting at the moment and I'm wondering if I could put another XP install on the same drive. Would The GRUB menu still work? Any intricacies I need to be aware of or can I just partition a new slot and go?


Answer:Triple Booting

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Question: Triple Booting

I need to triple boot three operating systems in VMware Server.The OS are:  98SE, NT 4.0, and 2000 Pro.My question is:  What is the correct order of installation?Several sources told me that it was non-windows and older versions of windows first, followed by newer versions of windows.  Following this, it would be NT, 98SE, then 2k.  I tried this, but it did not work.

Answer:Triple Booting

98se is based on ms-dos and therefore "older" technology than NT, so needs to go first.

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Question: Triple booting

At present I have a dual-boot system with Vista and Windows 7. Can I add XP to that system?

Answer:Triple booting

See here:click hereI had an XP /W7 dual boot but have now ditched XP for simplicity - why have all three?

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Question: Triple Booting

Okay i'm testing your brains over this one.

I'm trying to boot my laptop with 3 operating systems, they are: WindowsME, SuSE 8.1 and RedHat 8.0(i install in that order as well).

The problem i have is with the 2 linux distros, windows is okay about living with them!

Anyway here was my setup before i wiped the disk, i will start again soon.

\/ MountPoint|Type|Format|Size(MB)|Start|End

/dev/hda1| vfat| 9782| 1| 1247 <<windows
/dev/hda2| swap| yes| 737| 1248| 1341| << shared swap
/dev/hda3| reiserfs| 4299| 1342| 1889| <<SuSE
/dev/hda4| EXTENDED| 4259| 1890| 2432|
/dev/hda5| /boot| ext3| yes| 102| 1890| 1902 <<RH boot
/dev/hda6| /| ext3| yes| 4142| 1903| 2430 <<RH

Their are 2 problems that i had.
1. SuSE didn't (as you can see) doesn't have a boot partition, Suse is hda3 and shares its swap with redhat which is hda6 and rh's boot is hda5.
2. When fully installed redhat doesn't see suse or windows anyway so i couldn't mount those partitions.

I'm thinking i should install in this order: windows, RedHat and then SuSE.

Anybody care to help? After i installed redhat last, RH wouldn't add Suse to the boot list.

Now i was told to like copy the suse kernel into the RH boot partition but i wouldn't how to do that and its harder when RH cannot see suse anyway.

If this seems all like crazy stuff then please refer to this forum thread:

http://forum.**** Read more

Answer:Triple Booting

you don't need a seperate boot partition for linux any more. You can just pass the lba32 parameter into lilo if needed. /boot does not have to be below any kind of cylinder limit.

I would keep things simple and have a FAT32 primary partition, then extended, then logical for red hat, logical for suse and logical for swap. there is no reason why this should not work if done correctly.

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Question: Triple Booting

Hi, just joined forum. I've been on vista and seven forums awhile. I have a PC with three drives. One has Vista (my favorite OS - I'm one of those retro types); the other two have seven. (all home premium). The original drive has seven HP 64, and the drive has a minor issue in that it takes 5 or more minutes to shut down. (It was 15 minutes, I made some progress with it). The other seven drive also has seven HP 64 and works flawlessly. I plan to keep the vista drive going as it's my workhorse. So, I'm wondering which seven drive to install W10 on. My thought is that by installing it on the drive that has the issue, that problem will go away as I will have a new OS. however, I don't want to lose the programs and documents on that drive. So I thought maybe I should install W10 on the other drive, see if it works out, and if so, then install it on the other drive. Sound like a good plan?

Other questions: could I roll back to seven on one of the drives, so I have vista, seven and ten all on my computer? Also, what if I put Linux on one of the drives? Will that mess things up?



Answer:Triple Booting

Why do you think the problem will go away with a new OS. Maybe the drive is going bad. First thing I would do is to backup anything on the drive that is important.

Are you just interested in "playing around" with the various OSs? Working with and maintaining three or four operating systems seems like more pain than I would care to tolerate.

IMO, Vista is one of the worse (its the "Jar Jar Binks" of the Microsoft family). I would make the Win7 the workhorse and play around with 10 (until you decide if it is stable and better or worse than 7). Use the third drive just for backups, and put an image of each of the other two drives/OSs on it.

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Question: Triple Booting

Hey guys. I am curious if anyone can point me to some good tutorials on how to triple boot my machine. I am building a new system and putting Vista Business x64 on it. I will use that for mostly everything but would still like to leave my options open. Thats why I want to have XP on there as well. Also because I have been getting more into Linux, I want to have Ubunto on there in case I feel like making the switch, and also just to help practice my linux skillz. Can anyone help me triple boot (preferrebly without any 3rd party software unless it makes everything crazy easy)?

Answer:Triple Booting

install the windows operating systems first then install ubuntu it has a boot loader called grub that will automatically detect them at startup it displays them in a list and you choose which os to boot

i am using it to quad boot vista, xp, osx, and ubuntu

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Question: Triple booting

I'm buying another hard drive, and I was thinking of triple booting XP, Vista, and Ubuntu. To go about this, is the procedure:
While installing XP, create three partitions. 50GB for XP, 50GB for Vista, and 20GB for Ubuntu. Finish installing XP.
Install Vista on 30GB partition. Finish installing and update.
Install Ubuntu on 20GB partition. Create the swapdisk. (Or is it, create the swap parition beforehand, while making those partitions in the beginning?)

If I'm missing anything, please tell me.

Another question. I have two other hard drives as storage. Will Vista and Ubuntu, detect them right away, after they've been installed?

Answer:Triple booting

Okay your setup will be just perfect. As that is the same setup i use. XP/Vista/Ubuntu in that order on my hard drive. ubuntu wont need SWAP if you specs are good. SWAP is mainly for older PC's. I have never used a SWAP and my Ubuntu goes great with my P4 3.4GHz and 3GB DDR2 RAM.

Yes Vista and Ubuntu will read and write to those partitions easily. Ubuntu supports NTFS by default.

If you want help getting the Vista bootloader to work right check out

EasyBCD Documentation Home - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

The Wiki there will provide you with all the info you will need on how to add XP to the Vista bootloader and how to use the Vista bootlaoder with Ubuntu as well.

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am going to put the operating system on my aspire one 120gb , xp will my main OS with programs installed. and other OS will be used so i can familarise mytself with them

i am thinking in this order for my 120gb
1 ntfs 20gb xp pro
2 ext 5gb openseus
3 hts 15gb leapord but leapord uses 9gb am i right?
4 a 80gb data partition rest as fat32 data for compatibility

i wont be using linux/leapord extensively to install apps , but mainly as OS just to play about with . so trying to minimuse disk space but my main OS will be XP ; so i have some questions

1 = i still want to be able to write 4gb + data files , so am i better off using xp partition as ntfs or fat32 or use the data partition as ntfs but then linux/leapord cannot access it without kernal add on so i am in chkicken egg situ here. i think i will go for ntfs so i can still at least play with 4gb+ files and leave the data partition as fat32 for overall normal docuement data

2 opensu or ubuntu better? in terms of functionalily not just gui. i can program c++ , c , java so pretty competent using an OS if complex but neither do i want it DOS based. after researching the internet i will be going with openseus with kde as ubuntu i can still run off the cd

3 what order of OS do i install to get it tripe/dual boot - i am presuming xp , openseus and then leapord

4 what program do i use to fdisk , create the partitions ? - google shows each OS will recongise an exisiting OS is present and will allow new menu options for extra OSs... Read more

Answer:triple booting system, help help help !!

Simplify and use VMs. One OS to back up, and then you can simply back up the VM files. When I do something to utterly trash my Ubuntu VM, all I have to do is copy down a file from my server, and I'm back up and running again.

You also need to be careful about mentioning OSX running on a PC. Those threads often end up locked.

As for Ghosting, all you have to do is use an external USB drive and BartPE. You can send the Ghost image file to the external drive, and pull it back if you need to restore. You can keep the VM files on the external drive as well.

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I've got a dual-booting Dell Dimension 4500 P4 with the following hard disk setup:

DISK 1 (40GB) - Windows XP

DellUtility Fat 31.3 MB Primary
Local Disk (C NTFS 38.1 GB Primary

DISK2 (120GB) - Windows XP
Cubase SX NTFS 114 GB Primary

I've backed everything up to an external drive. Disk 1 is the partition I use day to day and contains the boot.ini to load Windows XP on DISK2 if required.

What I want to do is remove Disk 1 and repartition Disk 2 so that I can add a further Windows XP instance and possibly a third partition for another OS at a later stage (e.g Linux or a Vista Beta).

However, if I remove Disk 1, I cant boot the machine - presumably because boot.ini, ntldr etc are on that Disk. Can I just copy these files over? If so, which are the files I need? From memory I would also need to edit boot.ini so that it looks at the right partition on the right disk to boot into an OS.

The error I get if I just have disk 2 connected is:

PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot agent.

Reboot and select a proper boot device.

Both drives are set to use cable-select. I;ve tried making Disk 2 a master but got the same error. The cabling is inserted firmly etc.

I have a copy of Partition Magic 8 on Disk1 I can use for the partitioning. I'd be grateful if anyone could suggest a strategy for doing this without any 'ntldr' missing or blue screen nightmares. I used to know this stuff but am a bit rusty.

Many thanks,

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Answer:XP dual/triple booting

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Hi All,

I never setup a triple-boot system before. I kind of have an idea of how I'm going to attempt this little project but wanted to see what you guys thought. I have a 320GB asus laptop and plan on using Gparted live cd to do all my partitioning. I plan to create 2 NTFS partitions and then create an EXT3 partition plus a swap partition.. is this the way or is their another/easier way?

Thanks All

Answer:Triple-booting Win 7, XP, Ubuntu

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Hi everyone, I have been dual booting Windows 7 and XP for several months now, everything is working great thanks to your excellent guide:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

But now I want to add a Vista partition. Usually, I do some reading and try to do everything by myself, but the last time I fiddled with the partitions, I corrupted the MBR and lost a lot of important data, so now I thought that it's better to be safe than sorry.

The questions:
1. Can I just follow this guide:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
to install Vista when both XP and 7 are already installed?
2. Is there a chance I can damage the other partitions by installing Vista?
3. Is there anything else I need to know before I begin?

Now for some info:
I have a 1TB HDD composed of 2 500GB HDDs in RAID 0.
I have several partitions. NTFS, FAT32 and even exFAT. I will install Vista on a 45GB NTFS partition I will create.
I'm dual booting Windows 7 Ultimate X64 and XP Pro SP3 X86.
My system has an Athlon II x3 435 CPU with 4GB of RAM.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:Some questions about triple booting 7/Vista/XP

It is standard practice to load operating systems in chronological order so installing vista last may cause the other operating systems to cease booting.

The result will depend on where the actual boot files are currently held - can you post a screenshot of your current configuration, to enable us to see exactly what may need to be altered

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This is my new computer.  They forced Win 8.1 on me and it's the worst thing I've ever seen.  I think MS really shot itself in the foot removing all support for DOS and that may be keeping some users running XP.
I'm running DOS programs in DOSBox but DOSBox doesn't support printing so I'm running XP in a virtual box.  It can print but it's not a long term solution.  What I want to do is triple boot the existing Win 8.1 with XP (I have an installation disk) and Linux Mint (a glorified Ubuntu).  I think it's time that Microsoft and I part ways but I need some legacy support before marrying Linux.
This tute tells me how to dual boot 8.1 and XP.  I'd think that triple booting would just involve using GParted to carve out another partition for Mint and running the installer.
Any tips?  Of course I am going to make an image of the entire HD first.

Answer:Need tips on triple booting W8.1, XP and Mint

Any tips?

Yes, Have you got an external USB HDD? Use that.
When installing Linux
1 Make sure you plug in any printers or scanners Linux will detect them and install them for you.
2 Make sure you are connected to the net.

Dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI ...

I'd think that triple booting would just involve using GParted to carve out another partition for Mint and running the installer.

Yes basically.
Linux Bootloader will replace the Windows one.
Resizing and Adding Partitions using GParted Live

Linux Mint (a glorified Ubuntu).

Yup. Linux for novices.

Of course I am going to make an image of the entire HD first.

 Good idea also de-fragment you Hard Drive from within windows.

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1. How much room do I need for an Ubuntu partition?

2. How much room do I need for an OSX partition?

3. Can either of those read and/or write from an NTFS partition?

The ultimate question is that I have a Dell laptop with an internal 80 gig. I just got a 250 gig external. Next week, I'm going to reformat. I'd like to be able to triple-boot XP, Ubuntu, and OSX. I'm just trying to figure out how I should partition everything.

Answer:Triple Booting XP/OSX/Ubuntu - Partitioning

Assuming you want all three (OSX on a Dell?), there is a lot of options and ways to partition it. There are ways to get the different OS to read one anothers filesystems, but there are always questions of stability and data loss, so I would suggest that you keep a common partition that is formatted to fat32 so that they all can read and write to it. You will most likely want your external drive formatted to Fat32.

One possible way to split your 80GB drive:
OS #1 -> 10GB
OS #2 -> 10GB
OS #3 -> 10GB
Swap -> 2GB
Fat32 -> 48GB

Another possible way to split your 80GB drive:
OS #1 -> 25.3GB
OS #2 -> 25.3GB
OS #3 -> 25.3GB
Swap -> 4GB
(count on external being formatted to Fat32)

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On my machine I have two internal hard disk drives and, for backups, an external drive.When I bought the machine just over three years ago, it came with:-Hard Disk '0' partitioned into:- Logical Disk 'C' containing XPand Logical Disk 'D' containing Recovery for XP I obtained from Hewlett Packard the free express upgrade to Vista. I clean installed Vista onto:-Hard Disk '1' as Logical Disk 'D'.When Windows 7 arrived, I created a partition on Hard Disk '1' and installed W7 onto Logical Disk 'W'. (i.e. alongside Vista) When I boot the machine, I am offered the choice of XP, W7, Vista and the XP Recovery.I have read a little about boot sequences (IPL's, _PBR's, ntldr's, BCD's etc.) and I am a bit confused because I now want to remove Vista and reclaim the space for W7 on Hard Disk '1'.If I delete the partition containing Vista, will that mess up the boot sequence? Are the three operating systems on my machine somehow "linked" or "chained" such that an initial boot goes via XP and then Vista to get to W7?.......or am I even more confused than I think I am?. My concern is that deleting Vista might remove the link to W7 or am I worrying unnecessarily?I would be grateful members' comments/guidance. Thanks in advance for any replies.

Answer:Triple Booting - Partial Knowledge

You have no need to worry, deleting the Vista partition will not affect the other two. In fact its the Win7/Vista boot loader that controls how XP boots in this case. Assuming "C" is the system/boot drive then you have no problems deleting Vista. You can easily tell which partition is boot as it will contain Bootmgr, ntldr, boot.ini etc. Firstly I would download Easybcd to remove Vista from your boot loader options. click here

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I have a somewhat curious issue. I'm trying to set up a triple boot on my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 with Windows 8.1, XP and Yosemite (OS X).

Can it be done?

My machine can't pull off a VM. All three OSes run fine independently on the machine so drivers aren't an issue. Right now, I'm dual booting with OS X and 8.1. Here is the disk.

0: GUID_partition_scheme *250.1 GB disk0
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_HFS Yosemite 100.0 GB disk0s2
3: Microsoft Basic Data Windows 149.7 GB disk0s3

I think the issue will be the Windows bootloader. IIRC it prefers to have Windows first for the older OSes like XP.

Has anyone tried something like this?

Answer:Triple Booting Windows 8.1, XP and Yosemite on MBP


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Hello guys.

I plan to triple boot Windows 8.1 Pro, Mac OS X Mavericks and Ubuntu 14.04 TLS on my machine.

I just had a few question regarding the same and some questions about UEFI & GPT.

Now, I'm going to format my entire drive and install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode. So the hard disk will be automatically formatted to GPT instead of MBR right?

Also, my graphic card (MSI R9 270X HAWK) doesn't yet support UEFI/GOP so even if I do install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode, I can choose not to use the UEFI option?

My hard disk being GPT formatted during the Windows 8.1 install in UEFI, will I have to apply any patches to install OS X (which will be on a separate partition)?

Should I install OS X first as it uses GPT and then install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode on a separate partition?

Lastly, after installing OS X and Windows 8.1, how do I install Ubuntu in UEFI mode (if it supports UEFI) and configure the boot menu so that I can choose which OS to boot into?

Thanks in advance.

Yash Shah

Answer:Some questions regarding GPT, UEFI & Triple Booting

I don't know about Linux/Mac, but here is some info about UEFI/BIOS boot mode: link

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With Mac snow leopard , windows 7 ultimate and back track linux,... just wondering has any one else done something like this on their y560?

Answer:Thinking of triple booting my Y560

I just recently dual-booted my Y560 with Ubuntu 10.10 and Win 7. Both run perfectly. I don't know about triple boot systems but its funny how I was thinking about doing the same thing today! LOL   I'd say Google around a bit for instructions on how to do that. 

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Hi. My first question is:
1) Can you install and boot XP on a logical partition (if I remember correctly a logical partition is inside of an extended)

2) Is it possible to triple boot with XP as one of the OS. The other two OS use the Vista bootloader, so would I have to install XP first then? Because if I don't install XP first, I could always run BCDEditor or VistaBootPro in XP right?

Thanks for your help.

Answer:A question about triple booting and/or partitions?

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I know what Microsoft says about two operating system in the same partition; but, I have found there are usually ways around the "official" way to run Windows.

I need a system where Windows 98, 2000 and XP are available boot choices in the SAME FAT-32 partition.

Anyone here done that?

Answer:Triple-booting Win98/2000/XP?

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I currently have a system (not the system I'm on now) that triple boots in this order : WINXP/WIN7/WIN7.

I would like to keep XP and one of my Win7 installations as is and upgrade the second WIN7 installation to Win8, so I would then have a triple boot like this: WINXP/WIN7/WIN8. Will this work? or am I going to lose the XP and other Win7 installation.

I know the system I want to do this on does meet all requirements, so that's not a problem, I just want to know if I'm going to lose any of the other Windows installations if I were to try this.

Answer:Triple Booting Win8 with Win7 and XP

I think that, yes, you would loose one. But with two internal HD's it should be doable.
Clone your current HD... WINXP/WIN7/WIN7...

Then have Win 8 wipe it with a fresh install.

Place the image of WINXP/WIN7/WIN7 on your second hard drive and then at boot
choose either HD1 or HD2 as the boot device.

The best of both worlds. ummm maybe?

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Hi everybody, this is my very first post!

My Dell XPS Studio 1640 laptop currently has installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

I have a project this weekend to set up my PC with triple boot (XP/7/Linux)

Partly to ensure I can go back to my original setup, I purchased a full Macrium Reflect licence to make a back up of my Win7 installation. I bought the full version so that I could have the Windows PE restore facility as well as the standard Linux based one.

I will be using the following guide as a starting point: Installing and Triple-booting Windows XP, Windows 7 and Ubuntu

However, if at all possible, I would like to use Macrium Reflect to restore my original Windows 7 system to the second partition rather than having to install Win7 from scratch and then re-installing all my (many) applications!

Please let me know if this is possible and tell me of any things I need to take special care about.

Many thanks in advance!

-- white were wolf

Answer:Triple booting XP/7/Ubuntu - your advice please!

Your[Quote]I have a project this weekend to set up my PC with triple boot (XP/7/Linux)[Quote]

I am taking this as PC=desktop not notebook.
My advice would be to use three HD one for each OS.

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i have almost zero linux knowledge. i used it a little for wardriving, and now I wanted to get rid of it, i didn't use it anymore.

Under winXP, i deleted the linux partitions. on my next reboot, i'm stuck on a black screen with a grub> prompt

what do i do from here? later on i'm gonna try booting off winxp cd and doing a format /mbr or fixboot to see if that works

thanks for any suggestions

Answer:laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

boot off the windows xp disk and do the recovery console option then do

as described here

or you can download and configure another boot loader if you want to have a choice between some other os

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After considerable tinkering I've managed to properly partition and install three operating systems in my netbook - Linux Mint Debian Edition, which I use normally; Windows 7, which I use when I need some Windows-specific application that is unavailable in Linux; and Windows XP, which I use (disconnected from the Internet) to interface with some old hardware that has no drivers available for 7 and won't work properly in virtualization.

The last round of tinkering resulted in me finally configuring grub2 properly, so I can now select and boot all three partitions. However, while LMDE and 7 run fine, trying to boot XP results in a "NTLDR is missing" error.

How do I fix this while leaving the rest of the boot procedure untouched? I've tried Googling and applied the found solutions, but they all rewrite the MBR. I can then easily restore grub2, but I lose the ability to boot 7. And if I then restore boot ability to 7 (from the install disc) and re-restore grub2, I again lose XP.

Answer:Triple boot setup (Linux, Win7, WinXP); XP reports NTLDR missing

This is a Windows forum. We pioneered many of the fixes for Win7, which may not apply here since you are asking about GRUB.

In a typical XP-Win7 Dual boot where Win7 is installed second the Win7 installer only updates the boot files on XP to boot Win7. Then to add Linux what works best is here: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

Normally to re-establish a failed Windows boot menu what works best is to Mark Win7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. This moves the System flag and boot files to Win7 or its' System Reserved partition so the more modern OS is booting the system, and the multi-faceted repair checks and fixes many other parameters.

You can then install EasyBCD to add XP to a Dual Boot. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)

However since you're relying on GRUB it may require a Linux solution and not Windows, unless you want to add the Linux distro per Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7.

Another method is here to Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums whose author may be able to help you better if contacted through the comments section.

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"but you only listed 2 OS" you say. I know

I know this can be done as i've ran it for years. In the past 3 years i've had to format 2-3 times & each time i've had problems doing this, but managed to stumble through. I can't seem to do it any more.

Basically, i want 1x WinXP installed & 2x Win7 installed (please let's not get into why 2 lots of Win7 as it's not important).

I installed WinXP first, then Win7, then Win7 again.
Ran EasyBCD on the final Win7 install, arranged the boot order - didn't work. Wrote to MBR - didn't work.

Both Win 7 partitions boot but not WinXP.
When I select to boot to WinXP it tells me:
Windows failed to start.
File: \NST\ntldr
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

I don't know how key this is but this morning i noticed a difference:
last time, WinXP & one Win7 install were on the same physical HDD - just split into 2 partitions. The other Win7 install was on a separate physical SSD.
This time however, each install is on it's own separate physical disk - both Win7s on their own SSD & WinXP on it's own HDD.

So this morning i re-install WinXP. This means i can only boot to WinXP - the bootmenu is not "seeing" either Win7 install. However when i try to start up EasyBCD in WinXP - it's a no go. Nothing "lights up".

I also wondered this morning what order in BIOS the physical drives should be in. Right now in order it's... Read more

Answer:Having trouble triple booting WinXP & Win7. Please help.

Can you boot to each OS HD drive from the BIOS boot menu?

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My machine has one partition with Vista, one 10GB restore partition and one 47MB FAT16 partition. All are primary partitions.

I want to add an XP partition and another Vista partition. I have a Vista CD so I'm pretty sure I can get rid of the restore partition. The 47MB partition seems to be used for Dell diagnostics. Anyone what the consequences might be if a delete that one?

The assumption I'm making is that each OS needs to be installed in a primary partition.

Answer:Solved: Triple-booting on a Dell - already have 3 primary partitions

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I have four drives on my laptop...

C: Windows 7

D: Windows 8 CP

E: Ubuntu 11.10

F: Files/Documents

But I observed that my E: drive is invisible when I view it through the explorer of Windows 8. I want to know how can I make this drive visible again so that I can move some of my files to this drive?

Also will the format of Ubuntu make the drive visible again... but I am confused which drive to format?!

Apologies if same thread exists, give me its link if so...

Any help would be appreciated .

Answer:Triple Installation : Where is my E: Drive

Windows can't read it natively because it's a Linux partition. You'll have to look into a third party solution to install in Windows to read/write/recognize the specific file system, likely ext3 or ext4.

Then you can right click the partition in Disk Management and assign it a drive letter if the 3rd party solution didn't do so already.

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I'm currently running a dual boot on my Desktop, XP and 7-64. Both are set up for office work. Typical personal information etc. I would like to also use it as a gaming computer, but have heard so many horror stories about DRM/Steam software (vulnerabilities and other unsavory effects), I'm afraid to use the system for gaming. However, I thought installing a third hard drive (current dual boot uses dedicated drive for each os) with another copy of XP would provide enough isolation to to mitigate most risk. So, that's my goal.

I have several questions pertaining to this set up.

1) Both current installations are legally licensed. Can I have 2 XP installations from the same installation disk or would I need to purchase a separate license?

2) I've read that if dual booting, the older OS must be installed first or else the system could be rendered useless. Since I want to add XP as the third boot OS, will that be a problem? Since 7-64 is also installed?

3) The desktop in question is a workstation with a Quadro card for heavy CAD/modelling work. It runs pretty hot. I would like to be able to turn off the hard drives not being used. Is there a way to do that? Power management? If necessary, I'm not opposed to installing hardware switches to disconnect them. Every hear of anyone doing this? Is it enough to simply disconnect the power to the drive or will that cause errors?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Triple boot installation XP 7 XP

A separate license would be required. Personally,... I would not play games on your primary work machine. Get a cheap desktop and add a good graphics card. Check our tutorial section, info about installing old over new, all is covered ground....

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I have a 33 Gb SCSI hard disk where i installed Win2k3 server on fist partition (15GB) and install Suse linux 9.0 into the second partition by making 1 gb partition. And install redhat 3.0 into the third partition by making seprate 1gb swap, boot and root partition. Suse is using GRUB boot loader and Redhat boot loader is LILO.My problem is I am able to boot my system in Win2k3 and Redhat. But i am unable to boot it with Suse. If somebody will care to help me then i will be thankfull to you.

Answer:Need halp in triple booting with Win2k3 Suseand redhat lo=inux

What is the primary bootloader (the first boot menu)? Windows, GRUB or lilo?

If you installed Windows, then SuSE with GRUB in the MBR and then RedHat with lilo in the MBR then you effectively rendered SuSE unbootable.

If this is how you did it then you have to do the Linux bootloaders again. Either put GRUB back in the MBR and lilo in the RH partition or lilo->MBR GRUB->SuSE part.

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Hello -

Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 because I was taking the Free Linux class that was posted about.
I never even finished the class. I decide very early on that Linux is not for me. I want to be able to click an executable and install programs.
I dont want to compile them, etc. It took me over an hour just to get my printer working and that is after I had to manually edit some config file to add the IP address in. TOO MUCH WORK.

I would now like to get rid of linux and reclaim the space for my Windows install. I do not want to have to reinstall or anything like that.
I have a 512 GB SSD and I think it is divided in 1/2. I have a boot menu that starts when I turn on the computer. It allows me to pick Windows, Linux, Recovery mode or MemTest.

Please advise on the steps to perform this.
I would be willing to image the windows partition and clone it to a new 512 SSD and then wipe the original and use it as a data drive.
I can not remember if I have anything stored on the linux portion that I would like to keep.
I haven't used it in so long that I don't think I remember the PW for it. If the clone and reinstall is the best option, please recommend a program to use.
The computer is an HP Elitebook 8560W with and I7, 32 gigs of ram and a dream color panel.

Answer:Dual booting Win Xp and Linux Mint 17. Want Linux gone.

Is it XP or Win7? To get rid of the Linux boot menu use fixmbr command.

Scroll down to the correct OS and follow the instructions.

After that go to disk management in Windows and expand the windows partion to reclaim the Linux partition, assuming Linux is on the second partition of the ssd.

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I would like to have a triple boot set-up on my Sony VAIO. I want to install Windows 7 64 bit, Windows Vista 32 bit, and Ubuntu (prob 64 bit).

The reason for this is, when I purchased my computer it had Vista 32 bit installed. I bought W7 64 bit later and did a clean install. Many of the features were missing, or not working properly, and I've tried everything to get them up again, i.e. webcam, track-pad, "S" buttons, etc.

I have two hard drives that were originally set up in a RAID, which I undid, so I could have W7 on one drive, and Ubuntu on another drive (because I couldn't get Ubuntu to install over the RAID.)

I'm thinking I should have Windows 7 and Ubuntu each 64 bit on one hard drive, and put Vista on the other hard drive, partitioning the remaining space for storage.

Does this set-up sound reasonable? What order should I install the operating systems? I'm thinking Vista first, then W7, then Ubuntu.

Any advice on a triple boot of this type of config? Thanks ahead of time!

Answer:Triple Boot Set-up, Installation Advice Please?

Hello d3mncln3r.

As you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) it may be a better idea to install Windows 7 and Vista on one and "Ubuntu "(prob 64 bit)" on the other, and then you could use the one time boot menu to choose the W_7/Vista HDD at boot, which will still have a dual boot menu at startup this way, or the HDD that Ubuntu is on, so the different OSs wont have to interact using Grub.

To start with only leave the HDD that you want W_7/Vista on and dis-connect the other HDD and do the clean installs to that HDD, then when they're both booting good dis-connect that HDD and connect the other and install Ubuntu, when that's booting good connect both HDDs and you will be able to use the one-time boot menu to select the HDD/OS you want to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Currently I have XP on partition C of internal disk 0 and Vista on partition D of internal disk 1. I have created a new partition (W) on disk 1 and I plan to install Windows 7 into that new partition. Could I install from within XP or Vista or should I install by booting from the Windows 7 Home Premium disk? Thanks in advance for any comment/guidance from members.

Answer:Windows 7 installation - triple boot

Either method is ok, be sure to select custom install although I guess you already know that.

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I just read a good "article" on multiple OS installations and it said something that I'm wondering about w/Linux 7.1 (or 7.0) from RedHat. They used Linux 6.1 from RedHat and said that on their system if they installed W2K before Linux they couldn't figure out a way to install Linux. Here's the link to the article - -
I liked everything about the article but I'm just curious if anyone knows about installing in a particular order and whether or not it makes a difference. Also, I want to use Boot Magic from Partition Magic 5.0 for my boot management. Anyone know if I should install that before beginning my multiple OS journey or after all of the OS's are installed? I'm installing W2K Pro and Linux 7.1 (or maybe 7.0) from RedHat on my PC to use with W98SE which is already installed. Any help with these questions would be great and very much appreciated.

Answer:Installation order of OS's in triple boot setup...

Well, I can answer one of your questions. It does make a difference in the order you load the different operating systems. It has to do with the boot loader that comes with the system. For example, Win2k's boot loader will recognize other OS's already installed and automatically add reference to them in the Master Boot Record of your hard drive. It wll also set up a boot menu for you so you can choose. Not all OS's provide that capability and will rewrite the MBR, wiping out any references to other OS's.

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I've got a fine working dual-boot system with Windows XP Professional SP3 and Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm gonna install Ubuntu Linux 10, but I also want to keep both Windows systems. I googled after it, and I found many tutorials showing how to install Ubuntu to dual-boot with either XP or Vista(win7), but none of them explained, what to do if I want to have three systems. I've got a SATA hard disk with a capacity of 320 GB(298 GB actually) There are two partitions, C: (198 GB) and D: (99,3 GB). Win7 is installed on C:, XP on D:. Since there's no more free space I'm planning to shrink the C: volume to make space for Ubuntu, without formatting it from within Windows.(approx 30-40 GB) Then I'm gonna install Ubuntu by letting it to use the largest continuous free space available. I'm gonna use GRUB instead of the Windows Bootloader.

My only question is, whether this will work(I mean whether such problems can occur, e.g. XP won't start up, data lost etc.), and if there are additional things to do, when installing such a "Triple-boot-system"? When I follow the steps explained above, will everything work, will the bootloader show all operating systems? Or if not, please let me know how to configure it. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing Linux to "triple-boot" with XP and Win7


Yes what you propose is possible but you will be asking for all sorts of future issues between Windows and GRUB, please, the first thing to do is make reliable back-ups of all the data you don't want to lose before you do anything to change the way the system boots now.

The smart way to do this is to install Linux to a separate Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and use the BIOS to control the boot between the Windows HDD and the Linux HDD at system startup; have a look at the info below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will ... Read more

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Lunascape : All in One browser with Triple Engine and Triple Add-on


Have you ever heard of it or used it ?!

Answer:Lunascape : All in One browser with Triple Engine and Triple Add-on

I've heard of it, but never bothered to use it nor will I ever.

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I keep hearing that Linux is very hard to install and it is hard to use
Well the hard to use is just reletive: If you are use to Nokia phones then a Motorola is hard to use

But as to the installation process it seems that Windows is actually harder (and extreamly dumb) when it comes to Linux

Be it to a BASE installation or a full-fledge desktop Linux winds hands-down on ease and on speed

Answer:Windows installation vs Linux installation

maybe as far as installing a fedora core 4, ubuntu, suse, or mandrake....but if you asked someone that has just installed windows before to go and install gentoo from scratch they'd have an anyeurism with all the stuff they have to do from the command line. Cause if it didnt pick up all the hardware right away things get tricky if you have no clue where to start to look to get things up and running.

Half the fun of installing gentoo or another linux distribution from scratch is the sense of accomplishment from setting up the OS *exactly* how you want it.

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i have windows 7 installed and i want to get windows 8 and ubuntu which are already on a separate hdd.

i had the hdd with windows 8 and ubuntu already dual boot on a separate desktop so i mounted it in the desktop with windows 7 and booted the computer, even though i force the ssd with windows 7 to boot i get to the ubuntu boot manager which i can choose to boot ubuntu or win 8 but not win 7. i disabled that hdd and could boot into win 7.

can i install or rearrange this boot system in bootmanager or a separate boot manager software?

i have a Silicon image SiI 3132 SATAlink controller that boots the 8 and 9th hdd.
its a extra pciex card in the computer on the motherboard.

Answer:triple booting windows 7, windows 8 and ubuntu

Does this PC have an EFI BIOS while the other one doesn't? If so then you'll need to enable CSM or Legacy BIOS to be able to boot the other HD or the image of Win8 you apply to the WIn7 hard drive and try to add to a Dual Boot using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)

Then if it won't start you'll need to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

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yep. well im running the Boot And Nuke right now.

but I have Puppylinux and Gentoo Linux dowloaded to play with.

after I get done running the B& do Install one of them?

everytime I go to install...some other DOS (not MSDOS) starts up...and it asks for commands

from A:\

and I have no Idea what to do.

any help is appreciated.

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Ive just installed Mandriva on my Athlon64 rig to explore Linux for the first time. I ve installed it and imdeiately after install i tried it out. After that i rebooted i went to windows for a while then shutdown. Now when i go to boot Mandriva, it goes therough a graphical system check, and then to command prompt.

How do i get it to the GUI like before?

Thnx in advance

Answer:Booting linux to GUI

can you login at the command prompt?

if you can can you use a command "startx" this will try to start the Xserver/GUI

If you cant well there is some other problems
If you can then it is a simple case of enabling X by default (runlevel 5 as opose to runlevel 3)

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How does one boot into DOS from SUSE Linux?

Answer:Booting to DOS from Linux

If.. by DOS you mean a console... then start up your machine, wait until it boots, then press Alt+Crtl+F1

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i have mandrake linux installed on my computer. everytime i turn on the computer, i get a blue screen where i can select linux or windows(or other stuff). the problem is i only have 8 seconds to make a selection or else some sort of log screen comes on. How can i make it automatically log onto windows if i don't make a selection (if it is possible)?

Answer:booting windows over linux

Look into /boot/grub/menu.lst

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I have 2 hard drives, an 120 gig with XP on it(drive is master), and an 80 gig with Linux(drive being slave). Now when i installed Linux, I installed GRUB on the MBR of the 120 gig. When i boot GRUB comes up with the options of booting into linux or XP, if i select linux it boots fine, but if i select xp nothing happens and i need to reboot my computer.

I think it has to do with my grub.conf file so here it is:


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb10
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb10 hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-3.img
title XP
map (hd1) (hd0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Answer:Dual booting XP Pro and Linux 7.3

See? I am so afraid of Linux. They are dangerous.


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I want to have at least two Win 7 installs, maybe 3, plus Win XP and Linux, so I can experiment with new apps without affecting my "production" Win 7 partition. I need advice on which boot manager can manage these, and hide all the other OS partitions, without a lot of manual tweaking.

I also need to decide if I need a boot manager that can manage more than four primary partitions on one hard drive, since I discovered that I can install 7 to a second hard drive. Is this reliable?

So far, I'm not happy with the three boot managers I've been experimenting with. Acronis Disk Director 2011 with the OS Selector, completely screwed up my system that I'm not going to even consider it any more. After I uninstalled it, it completely trashed not just all my Win 7 installs, but a second hard disk with almost 1 GB of downloaded software for test installs, docs and articles, etc, which was created over many months. (Fortunately I was able to recover it, but it was painful.)

Terabyte Unlimited's new BootIt Bare Metal and Paragon's all purpose hard disk suite both display only one boot menu item for "Vista" and then you get into the regular Win 7 booth menu for multiple installs. What's the point of that?

Terabyte's tech support wrote an email to me telling me I needed to copy files from the System Reserved Partition into each Win 7 install, but that sounds like a plan to create system instability.

Any other boot managers to cons... Read more

Answer:Multi-booting Win 7 (and also XP and Linux ...)

Sounds like you want VMs, not a multi-boot setup.

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well i decided that i wanted to experience somethign different then windows, and possibly faster than windows? well i was wondering if someone coudl help me do all the processes to dual boot my computer iwth windows xp and linux. i am not sure what linux to use i am currently researching that but i want something that will be fast with AIM, an internet browser, and music. thats prety much all i use my computer for and windows has to many things going on that makes my computer to slow. if any of this makes any sense i could use some help. if anyone has a good linux distro i could go with that will be fast wtih the things i need that would be great.


Answer:dual booting with linux.


Glad to see you're expanding your horizons. Linux has come pretty far and more manufacturers and programmers are taking notice every day. Any current Linux distribution will have what you're looking for. If you can function like a normal person in Windows, you'll be able to do the same in Linux. You can view the distributions I use and go with anyone of those, they're all good. For a newbie, I'd suggest either Suse or Ubuntu. They have a much better package management system (kind of like your add/remove programs in Windows) which you'll be able to understand and adapt to more easily.

When you install a new Linux distro (distribution), it will install Grub (boot loader, like ntldr in Windows) in the MBR on the Windows system. It will automatically recognize Windows. So, you'll have no problems booting, at least we hope.

When you get into Linux, there are significant differences, but a lot of similarities. For instance, both Windows and Linux have the same system requirements. As for the differences, Linux has a much better memory management system. You'll never use your SWAP partition (paging file or virtual memory in Windows speak), which results in a great speed boost. Linux protects yourself from yourself, you will NOT have an administrator account. That way you cannot delete important system files or anything like that. Be careful when you first install, like Windows, Linux will attempt to format the rest of the free space with it's own fil... Read more

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Question: dual booting linux

does anyone know how to dual boot win 2000 and redhat linux 7.1? does it matter what operating system is there first?i dont mind what linux boot loader i use, i just want to be able to use windows and linux.any ideas would be great.

Answer:dual booting linux

i would put windows on first and then linux.doesnt matter if you use grub of lilo and i would suggest you get a hold of partition magic and use that instead of letting linux do the here for tutorial videos

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I'm having trouble booting Kali from USB. On my older computers (Dell), I get to an easy menu where i select my flash drive and press enter to make Kali boot. However, everything ive tried on my HP laptop has produced no result "The USB device failed to boot". How do I properly boot Kali from USB?

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First, I'm a linux noob. Just made the switch on my laptop and I love it. That got me thinking of how much I'd enjoy linux over the not-so-great Windows computers at my university. So here's the situation:

- The campus computers are laggy and won't let you install anything (except spotify for some reason?)
- I have a 16GB usb
- The tech support here said that the computers probably won't boot from a cd or usb because the they are all connected to some off-site server that controls what is booted.

1. I was wondering if any of you knew how I can force the computer to boot from the usb?
2. Is 16GB fine for Linux mint 13?
3. Will it still work if I switched to a different computer? (I don't know if it might automatically load drivers for that specific hardware and not know what to do when I go to a different computer)


Answer:Booting Linux on USB without restarting

You could do that, but you'd need to find a way of booting it from USB first, otherwise it wouldn't work. I would imagine they'd have protections in place to prevent exactly that thing from happening to be honest.

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I was wondering if anybody was aware of a site or a guide that explained how exactly an OS boot procedure worked, both from the user and the programmer point of view (in case I wanted to manually screw with it).
I want to install a FC4 distro on one of my partitions, and I want to know all about the boot sequence in case something goes wrong and I have to manually fix it.


Answer:Windows/Linux booting

Just google "bootloader" or "linux bootloader". The most popular are LILO and GRUB. They each have lots of websites devoted to them.

You're already half way towards a successful dual boot. You HAVE to install Windows first. Then FC or any other linux distro you choose will have a new bootloader to take the place of the Windows one.

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Windows 7 not booting! I have a Medion Laptop and it froze so I forced it off. Now when i load it in any mode (safe mode freezes after avg file) It will go to a black screen or a 0xc0000009 I/O error message.

I've run it in start up repair and there aren't any system restore points available and start up repair took 17 hours before i decided to turn it off! What is going on!? My hardware doesn't make any strange sounds and my bios recognises my Hard Drive.

Luckily, there's nothing important on the laptop so i don't mind if we have to reset it to factory settings as i have the Windows 7 installation disc as well!

Please help! It's frustrating

Answer:Pc not booting Windows or Linux!

Here's an article to look through How to Fix Windows 7 When It Fails to Boot Hope it helps.

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Im completly frustrated right now, and out of things to do. Hopefully someone here will have an answer or direction.

Info about my comp:

Abit NF7s
Athlon 2800
SATA HD (Originally had Win XP on it)
ATA HD (Arch Linux)

I tried putting on Arch Linux on my ATA Drive. The installation went fine (i think). I put the grub loader onto my SATA HD. When i went to boot, the grub loader wasnt working. The screen just kept displaying 'GRUB' all across the screen, and kept repeating. Nothing would boot.

I decided to just try to get my Windows XP working again. I did this by booting off the WINXP cd and going into the recovery console. I tried the fixmbr , fixboot, bootcfg commands from tutorials ive read, but it wasnt working. The error i would get now is "Error Loading Operating System". Now, Im really panicking, as i have A LOT of information i dont want to lose. When i go into the recovery console, i still see my files, can read log files, but when i try to access some other directories, it says 'access denied'.

I then decided just to re-install Windows XP onto my SATA drive. When the XP installation listed the Partitions, it had listed the NTFS partition, but it said i couldnt install onto it unless i format or partition it (i forgot if it said format or partition, but it was one of the two). As i said earlier, i have many things on the drive that i dont want to lose. So i just stopped the install.

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Answer:Booting Problems (XP and Linux)

Load windows Recovery console and type fixmbr, and maybe a fixboot.

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HiI am running dual os, windows xp pro and suse linux pro 9.1.I am however experiencing some problems. Windows runs fine, but linux after the boot loader seems to lock up. It reaches the loading screen, and the hard drive does not seem to be active for 5 minutes, then it flies through the rest of the processes, at what i expect to be normal linux speed, then loads the login screen.Are there any suggestions about how to cut the loading time? I have tried turning acpi off, but it does nothing.I would appreciate any help, thanks.

Answer:linux booting really slowly

Do you see any messages, or is SuSE doing that annoying thing distros do these days and hiding messages from you on boot?Booting _anything_ doesn't hang for five minutes doing nothing - if you see messages, tell us where it hangs and what it says. Problem with hostname resolution is my guess, I've seen that slow down boot before. If you see no messages, fix it:Become root, edit /boot/grub/menu.lst (the config file for GRUB which I guess you are using) and change the part that says:splash=silentto:splash=nativeCheeers,Dennis

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Hi guys

I know I could wade through numerous websites to find the answer but I need a quick one. I have just installed Fedora core 4 on a second drive. My main (boot) drive is Windows XP. How to I set up to dual boot either XP or Linux?


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I tried to install Linux on a separate partition in my HDD which is already having windows 8 pro, but while installing instead of showing the free space(which I've partitioned ) it's taking entire HDD into consideration. How can I install Linux without formatting HDD or removing windows 8.

Answer:Dual booting (Windows 8 pro and linux)

Here is a nice tutorial for installing Linux Mint 17 with Windows 8.1: you are new to Linux, Mint is an excellent "starter" distribution.Don C

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Hello, I tried it in multiple Linux community and it seems to be a problem with the laptop rather than the Linux system. Whenever I start my T540p Laptop with any Linux Distribution, it ends up with the symptoms, that can be described best in a video: Hopefully somebody can help me.  Best regards,Dorian

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NT versions of MS Windows can multi-boot Linux by its boot loader NTLDR. The steps are summarized in Task E4 of Just Booting tips.

I have been looking at Vista's new boot manager and use it boot Linux. The basics has not changed. The key features are using the bcdedit.exe to carry out 4 main steps (first 2 are done in Linux).
The Linux must has a boot loader, either Lilo or Grub, in its root partition.
The first sector of 512 bytes of the Linux partition is copied into the partition where Vista's bootmgr resides.
Vista BCDedit is informed of the name of the Linux. An identifier is issued by BCDedit.
User declares the identifier as a device boot.
User informs BCDedit the filename of the Linux's first sector.
User informs BCDedit the booting order of the Linux

In a nutshell Vista chainloads a Linux same as Grub or Lilo. However while Linux chainloads another system at the +1 position (starting from the second sector and load the entire boot sector) Vista only loads the first sector nothing else.

This is more to do with MS attitude towards other operating systems. It is a message saying I don't support you guys and there is no way I would come out to read your partition and fetch your boot loader. If you want me to boot you then place the first sector on a plate and deliver it to my "C" drive.



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Answer:Vista booting Linux explained

Another masterful tome, saikee. Perhaps you should go to work for MS to help them implement their seeming new-found interest in interoperability.

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here are the settings to change the bootup order in grub in linux and also to change the utc settings for the clock in linux both using terminal commands (same as windows command promt) when you are using duel boot in windows and linux.

Answer:Duel booting with linux and windows

Nice job but too techy.

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I have unpluged my hard drives and loaded ubuntu 10.10 on to a usb flash drive. My desk-top pc will not boot this while my win7 laptop boots and runs with no problem. The desk top is about 7 years old running XP-pro. If I plug a usb hdd or flash drive in empty or with a set of files on, and boot with F11 held down the drive shows as an option to boot from but if the usb drive has a bootable system then the computer hangs before getting to the options screen. The motherboard manual MSI MS-6590 sugests booting from a usb drive is possible.Where am I going wrong?

Answer:Booting linux from usb flash drive

You don't say which version of the MSI MS-6590 you're using (there are three), but taking a quick look at one of the manuals, I don't think you can boot from a USB stick.The best thing to do is go into the BIOS and check if booting from USB is an option.Having said that, you're suggesting your manual says it can, which is a puzzle.I will say this however. If you're using a seven year old motherboard, at best, it would be flaky as to whether USB would boot. That was about the time the option was first introduced and was notoriously unreliable.The situation has improved more recently.

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I've decided to hookup my brother's old rig, its an Intel Celeron 166mhz, or maybe just an Intel Pentium I or something, but its 166mhz. Anyways, the computer will boot and go through the Hewlett Packard screen and then it has the LILO os chooser which ijust let it go to Linux and it runs through and says 'Loading linux........... and then it does uncompressed linux.....' really quickly and then the computer restarts and it goes through all of this again, over and over again. Any ideas? Btw, i dont have anything plugged, no keyboard or mouse or anything, just the monitor. Could that be the reason?

Answer:Neverending Restart when booting into linux

Originally posted by PHATMAN5050
I've decided to hookup my brother's old rig, its an Intel Celeron 166mhz, or maybe just an Intel Pentium I or something, but its 166mhz. Anyways, the computer will boot and go through the Hewlett Packard screen and then it has the LILO os chooser which ijust let it go to Linux and it runs through and says 'Loading linux........... and then it does uncompressed linux.....' really quickly and then the computer restarts and it goes through all of this again, over and over again. Any ideas? Btw, i dont have anything plugged, no keyboard or mouse or anything, just the monitor. Could that be the reason? Click to expand...

Try plugging the keyboard and mouse..Linux may be rebooting to "hopefully" see the devices on the reboot.

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Currently Using Vista as main OS, but on the computer I have installed:

Ubuntu Linux 9.10
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit SP2
and Windows 7 beta build 7400

hoping to get a proper copy of Win7 by the end of the month, but currently struggling to make anything other than vista work, and if you read my topic about pcsx2, you'll see what a struggle that is! Using GAG bootlaoder as my bootloader, GRUB from linux wouldn't work.

Vista is the only one it can make work, when i try to boot Win7 beta, ti says botMGR is missing, guessing that's cos it's expired, but it said that before if i booted that HDD, if i loaded vista, the loader would see Win7 and load it up fine. but that loader disappreared after reinstalling vista 4 times and i found GAG.

Linux is on a partition of the Vista HDD but isn't available in GAG.

Any help guys? . Have googled for hours and found nothing helpful!

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I have both windows xp and linux on my system. Everytime I start up I get a drop-down list for the two operating systems with linux being the default one that always starts first. How can I make Windows xp start first without having to select it everytime. Please help, thanks

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Currently I have a computer running Windows XP home on my 60gb hard disk with a NTFS partition taking up the whole drive. I also have another hard disk, which is set as my H:\ disk, which is 40gb, also a fully-hard drive munching NTFS partition that I use for my Music files, Downloads, Images, Website and Important Backup files. I also have a 8gb that has just failed. I was hoping to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 on my 8gb and switching it in whenever I wished to use it (basically to test my website in a different os and to suit all file types, or basically because I think its an all round better OS all together), but seeing as the 8gb likes to click alot and complain about even working, is there any way of changing the partitions on my 60gb or my 40gb (i would perfer my 60gb) without touching the data thats already on their now? Thanks

Answer:Dual Booting Red Hat Linux/ XP Home

Is what you need, although they do not guarantee to preserve your data, it usually is OK. However, I would not advise using any partition utility without backing up important data, it is imperative anyway given the tendency of Hard Disks to fail at inconvenient moments.A bonus of purchasing PM is that it comes bundled with Bootmagic which you could then use as a bootloader to choose between your OS's.

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I've been unsuccessfully trying to dual boot my laptop with a Linux distro. Grub2 never installs and so even though the distro is installed, I cannot boot into it. I have asked on several Linux forums and they suggested there might be some problem with the way my hard drive is partition.

So, I've decided to format my HDD completely and install Win7 and Linux Mint from scratch. So I'd like to know the best way to format the HDD so that after installing Win7, Grub2 will be able to find the MBR file and overwrite it. I'm asking this because during the installation of Win7, when trying to partition the HDD, windows always creates a "system reserved" partition as "sda1" and then another partition with the chosen size as "sda2". The reason I think GRUB2 isn't installing might be due to the MBR file being located in "sda2" and not in "sda1" because usually, when installing Mint, the installer detects Win7 but in my case it never does which doesn't make sense because Win7 is installed in "sda2". So, I hope someone can advice me on formatting my HDD so that the Mint installer can detect Win7 and properly install Grub.


Answer:Best way to format HDD for dual booting with Linux

If you want more customized advice post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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I have had Ubuntu on my laptop for a while now, and I was trying to set up a dual-boot with xp. My partition layout was such: An ext3 boot partition, a 40gb NTFS partition set aside for xp, a 160gb ext3 home partition for linux, and an ext3 partition that linux runs from. Upon putting in a known working xp boot disc, the screen hangs (without ever displaying anything except a blinking cursor) on boot until I eject the cd, whereupon it promptly loads grub. Thinking this to be a grub/xp clash, I rashly deleted the ext3 boot partition and formatted it for windows, but the problem persists (though now grub gets an error 17 while trying to load). Any ideas on how I can get both of these OSs working? Thanks.

Answer:booting from disc hangs[from Linux]


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need advice
i was wondering if it is possible to change the boot back to me choosing what disc i want to boot from not the grub 2 bootloader? i have kubuntu on a ssd and windows on a standerd drive i had windows 7 installed allready when i installed kubuntu on to the ssd and linux installed the grub 2 boot manager so when i start the pc the grub menu shows me the options then boots into windows 7 (my choice). i would prefer to be independent in the boot so when i turn the pc on it goes into windows boot and i choose which drive to boot from(kubuntu or windows 7)

Answer:Advice on booting windows 7 & linux


I would provide more information but I'm sure Karl will come along and tell you my advice should not be heeded. Sorry...

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I'm having two hard disks which is of 80gb one of the hard disks i loaded windows xp (service pack 2) and i loaded LINUX(FEDORA9 64bit) on other hard disk.One hard disk is kept as master and other as slave.BUT while booting it is booting only xp but where as the options for selecting other is not coming. Kindly tel me how to use both os such that one OS should be in one hard disk and other should be in another hard disk.

Answer:Problem while booting OS (windows xp ND LINUX)

As both Operating systems have been set up when they were the only O/S in the eystem, it's difficult to get them to play nicely with each other now.
You have a few options and I'll list them in order of easiest to hardest:
1) Plug both drives in and control the bootup by enabling and disabling each drive in the system BIOS. (When you boot up press F1, Del or Esc or whatever your "Setup" key is).
2) Plug in both drives with Windows drive as primary master. Boot your Fedora disc and install Grub to the root of the Windows Drive. Note: Fedora may still not boot in which case you progress to step 3.
(Super Grub Disk )
3) Do step 2 but over-install Fedora but make sure you don't reformat your existing /Home partition.
4) Use a third party bootloader such as my favorite freebie:

Additional Information: Found:

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i had redhat linux and windows piartitioned in my system(pentium m). so i wanted to instal suse linux, when i did it overrride the linux dual booting sector to OPENSUSE dual booting sector for suse and windows. please how can i get the red hat linux dual boot sector back?

Answer:Dual booting Windows XP & Linux

While not able to help you with this one... - not played with dual boot linux/windows (yet)...It would be useful if you can clarify (explain more clearly) what you had installed; what you added in and what you actually hope/wish to have installed when it's all working correctly?That way others here can and will help you, more easily - and successfully...

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I'm currently downlaoding the new Ubuntu, I have vista premium installed at the moment and I want to dual boot to see what linux is like. Am I correct in thinking that to do this all i have to do is.

1. Download Ubunto
2. Burn it to disc as ISO
3. Use partition magic to create a partition on my harddrive
4. Restart PC with ubunto disc in drive and with bios set to read cd drive first
5. Installation will begin.

This is my first time dual-booting and don't want anything to go wrong!

Answer:Dual Booting Linux/Vista

Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.

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I'm trying to boot Ubuntu from a CD but it dies part way through claiming a graphics issue. I'm running an 8800gts 320mb. Any idea what its issue is? Knoppix won't run at all.

Answer:Linux not booting due to graphics issues

I'm no Ubuntu expert, but try booting from your CD into rescue mode, and seeing if you can run the program that configures Xwidows again, to see if you can select a new video card driver.

I don't have exact instructions for that distro, I am afraid.

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Hi I have read a few things in this forum but it does not help my problem, I have two hard drives one a 80 gig and one 30 I wanted to put Red hat 7.2 on my 30, so I resized my 30 to 20 as this is where all my backup files are, so then I had 10 gig or so unpartioned space I installed linux without a hitch I had a guide for when I got o the boot loader which told me to use Grub and to configur as follows : Install boot loader record on devmda master boot record and that was basically it all the rest of the fields were left blank on my 80 I have windows xp pro already installed. After redhat installation was finished it rebooted and went strainght into xp as normal or as if I had not installed red hat I tried booting from rescue disk that is created on red hat and it says it can not find red hat or somthing about not been able to find the kernel thanks in advanced for any help given Chris :-))

Answer:Linux And Windows Xp Pro Dual Booting

Try reinstalling over its self, and make a new rescue disc

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I am thinking of running windows xp and linux on the same hard drive. I know I load windows first, but is there a boot loader that will allow me to choose which os I want to load up at start up?

Answer:Windows Xp and Linux dual Booting

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I would very much like to have a silent running low power PC for mundane tasks such as web browsing, document writing, etc. I have a 1.2GHz fanless mini-ITX board already but I need some guidance with the software side. I do not want to have to listen even to a laptop hard drive crunching away, so I plan to use NAS to store many GBs of data and make the PC solid state. I am not sure exactly what is the best way of doing it. At first I thought network booting was the way, but I recently I downloaded and used gParted, a live CD with partition and hard disk tools. It has a proper graphical interface with a desktop and the whole thing is only 30MB. It seems you can do a lot with a small amount of disk space, and since a good 1GB compact flash card is not that expensive, I reckon that will give me enough space to work with and will be speedy enough to replace a hard disk.

Ideally, I want a fully up to date Linux OS with gnome, firefox, IM, basic word processor, to run right out of the compact flash card. I want to be able to use any software like openoffice, the GIMP, etc, but that can be loaded from the NAS maybe? (this is where I really don't know how to go about setting it up). But I want the OS to behave like a regular OS installed to a hard drive where you can make changes to it and they will still be there after it is rebooted. As opposed to a Live CD running out of the compact flash card (i.e. not a "read only" OS).

As for the NAS, it is very likely I w... Read more

Answer:Linux compact flash booting for silence

I don't see why it couldn't work. CF cards are pretty much the same as normal IDE drives, only the connector is a bit different.

I've been considering one myself for an old computer too.

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My machine is  15 inch Aspire E5-575G-75MD CPU - Intel Kaby i7 Dual core 2.70GFX - GTX 940m 2GBBios - Insyde H20 1.18 Goal -To dual boot into a Linux Distro (TBD) along with Win 10 (currently installed) Details -The newest BIOS version for Aspire E 575G on my device's update page here on Acer is BIOS 1.25, which is the BIOS version that everyone is having issues booting into Linux with from the searches I've done in this community. My current installed BIOS is 1.18. I have not installed any version of Linux yet. All experience has been from booting different Linux distros live from USB. For it to boot from USB as of now I have to switch to Legacy in BIOS. I ran Tails and Mint from USB. They worked.... kinda. They do boot and it does work, but poorly and unusable in any practical sense both having the same performance issues. Symptoms -The trackpads response is painfully slow along with performance degradation causing severe delay in using the OS as a whole. It takes 5 minutes to get the arrow to go where I want (only a slight exaggeration) as well as multiple pad clicks to register selecting any given option or menu. Seems to be lack of performance and/or issues with the trackpad but it seems to  be both. I have read that Linux on Acer has issues (both using the trackpad and in general) when booting using Legacy boot mode and  with several BIOS versions, especially 1.25. I have also read that once users get to BIOS 1.31 or above th... Read more

Answer:Question about booting into Linux / latest BIOS fo...

Hello All,
No ideas yet from anyone including the admins who asked me to post here. Bad luck.
I contacted Acer Support and no one there could give me any information on the issue, so they created a ticket (case ID *********) stating that Id hear from their next tier of support over the next 2-3 days. Over 8 days later and not one word, which needless to say is unfortunate. 
This is my very first Acer product as well as my introduction to Acer support. I'm contacting Amazon to see what is involved in returning this Aspire while Im still in the 30 day period. I know 700.00$ isnt a lot of money to some, but it is to me and I've received stellar support after spending less than 10% of this amount with other tech vendors. Heck even the less than great interactions I've had with previous support at least gave me a reply when they said they would.
Anyway apologies for the rant, I was just really happy when I got this for my birthday and this experience cheapens it substantially.
If anone has any ideas I'd be extremely grateful. Otherwise this is getting returned with a nice detailed review on Amazon to warn Linux users and potential buyers about my support experience.
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, full serial numbers, etc.]

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During installation of Linux Mint (running Linux inside Windows) , Linux mint says that it could not mount one of my hard drives. Any help?
Thank you

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Hello dear Community!I've got into a weird trouble.1. Installed Ubuntu: deleted all partitions, created normal Linux partitions, all is ok.2. Rebooted many times, all was ok.3. This morning I pressed OneKey recovery button (occasionally) - and system did not boot.Now fun begins.- I rebooted. Boot hangs.- I powered off and pressed normal power on button. Boot hangs.- I removed battery and power cord and reinstalled it back. No use.- I tried to boot from bootable CD or Flash - boot hangs.Finally, I removed the HDD and fantastic! Bootable CD started to boot!Then I did the following trick. Opened HDD cover, disconnected the HDD. Booted from Linux LiveCD, and immediately before linux kernel starts I connect HDD back. LiveCD boots and I can see my HDD!So, I decided that by some way MBR was broken. So I re-setup the GRUB boot loader on HDD in MBR.Restarted, no use.I am not the creator  of OneKey recovery, but seems after I pressed this button my laptop always tries to run OKR from HDD and fails to do so and hangs. Is there a way to reset his memory? :-)I can see only one ugly workaround. Create bootable flash or CD with GRUB pointing to my HDD, boot from flash or CD, connect back HDD, and boot.I will be happy to read any comment of lenovo support.Thx. P.S. I  also suspect that BIOS drive selection does not work because with connected HDD I can select any boot type but it hangs on HDD attempt.

Answer:OneKey rescue & Linux -> booting hangs :-(

one key recover would't work if any changes made on hdd volumes ( partitions )reset them with factory size of spaces or ship it back to the support service for resetting the whole hard disk if you have valid warranty.

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I have/had windows 7 on my newest machine, i also have a 9.10 version of Ubuntu which i wanted dual booted along 7. I made a 20GB partition along side, so there was room for both. Upon the trial i went to install Ubuntu and did what i thought was an alongside install. but upon checking there seems to be a good 1016GB odd, "free" space and the WIn7 is no where to be found. I have a win 7 iso on a dvd but it's not booting, have tried setting cd then hdd in the BIOS, disabling PXE but nothing works. Cant really open up the machine at the moment due to warranty issues and am not sure that the company can repair those, just software. And again the error:
PXE E53, Boot device not found, etc pops up. Even had an error with the system recovery, which was quite odd. i have another working machine (on at the moment) but the new one was vastly superior. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Another PXE E53 Error thread, but after trying win/linux dual booting.

That many views not one reply? seriously?

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Hey guys,

I'm an advanced windows user but am unsure about dual-booting as I have never attempted it before.
I am going to dualboot on my windows 8.1 laptop -

Asus Vivobook S550CM
8GB Ram
Nvidia GT 635m 2GB DDR3
Intel i5 3337u Quad Core

. But I also want to dual boot to Arch Linux

would i be able to do so and can i get a tutorial

Answer:Dual-Booting windows 8.1 with Arch Linux

For UEFI you can study following technet page on how to prepare UEFI partitions for Windows 8.1

On the above page you'll find a script ( link with example at the end ) which you can use to format your hard drive, what is missing in the above script is to create extra partition which would be used for linux.
I'm not familiar with arch installation setup but here is their link about UEFI:

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I was using win xp os,then I installed linux mint 8 lxde(helena).at that time I could run two os.but my pc encountered some virus problems . so I reinstalled my xp. after of it only xp boots. I can't boot linux.what will I do to make the menu to select both os?

Answer:dual booting XP & Linux Mint 8 lxde

you would reinstall the linux boot loader

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i upgraded my linux from 8.1 to 9.1 and already using Win ME wen it was on 8.1 i could dual boot fine not it comes up with "starting OS" and then "LI" witch it never used to do i don't know what to do can some one help me please

Answer:Linux and Window dual booting problem

What make of Linux are you using?How did the p/c used to start - was it from a floppy or from the hard drive? Did you use Grub or Lilo to start?Have you a recent back up of your data?

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I hope this is the right forum...

I am using a Dell Optiplex GX400 and I can't seem to be able to boot from a USB flash drive. Does anyone know if it is possible with the default Dell BIOS. I tried looking around in the BIOS but could not find any 'boot from USB' options. Sorry I don't know the rev # off hand but I know it hasn't been updated since purchase; does anyone know if a BIOS update adds this feature?


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Hi all,

I recently built a brand new PC (let me know if you need specs) and installed Windows 7 fresh. Unfortunately, non of the drivers (even the basic USB drivers and network drivers) were included so I don't have any means to update the drivers to get on the internet and start downloading mobo drivers. To bypass this problem I am attempting to boot up from Linux, which I added to a Live bootable USB, to get on the internet through Linux and download the drivers onto the Windows partitioned section of the SSD. Unfortunately, after following all the directions and taking the necessary steps to boot from the USB, I see a screen flash for a split second that gives me some kind of options to boot from Linux, but once this happens the computer quickly restarts and goes back to repeat this screen flash/restart loop. The screen that seems to ask about booting with Linux flashes too fast for me to read anything, but I'm pretty sure its recognizing the USB live boot. I'm just not sure why its not carrying through with the installation. I used Mac Linux USB loader to make the Live boot, and have tried re-downloading the Linux client (first Ubuntu then Mint Linux), to no avail. Anybody have any idea what this could be ?

Answer:Booting Linux from Live USB restarts computer

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I would very much like to have a silent running low power PC for mundane tasks such as web browsing, document writing, etc. I have a 1.2GHz fanless mini-ITX board already but I need some guidance with the software side. I do not want to have to listen even to a laptop hard drive crunching away, so I plan to use NAS to store many GBs of data and make the PC solid state. I am not sure exactly what is the best way of doing it. At first I thought network booting was the way, but I recently I downloaded and used gParted, a live CD with partition and hard disk tools. It has a proper graphical interface with a desktop and the whole thing is only 30MB. It seems you can do a lot with a small amount of disk space, and since a good 1GB compact flash card is not that expensive, I reckon that will give me enough space to work with and will be speedy enough to replace a hard disk.

Ideally, I want a fully up to date Linux OS with gnome, firefox, IM, basic word processor, to run right out of the compact flash card. I want to be able to use any software like openoffice, the GIMP, etc, but that can be loaded from the NAS maybe? (this is where I really don't know how to go about setting it up). But I want the OS to behave like a regular OS installed to a hard drive where you can make changes to it and they will still be there after it is rebooted. As opposed to a Live CD running out of the compact flash card (i.e. not a "read only" OS).

As for the NAS, it is very likely I w... Read more

Answer:Linux compact flash booting for silence

I don't see why it couldn't work. CF cards are pretty much the same as normal IDE drives, only the connector is a bit different.

I've been considering one myself for an old computer too.

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I have been wanting to make a dual boot machine for a while now. I spent the last several days backing everything up and reformated the entire thing. My question is how should I partition it and what file system should I use. I have a 40 and an 80 gig hard drive. I've heard that linux has some issues with the NTFS file system. I was wanting to know if linux can run on NTFS or can NTFS and a FAT partition can exist on the same disk? I'm planing on installing Fedora linux. My school uses redhat on some of their computers and I thought I would start of learning something close.

My plan so far:
1st disk
20 gig Windows system partition
20 gig LInux system partition

2nd disk
40 gig Games & apps part (need atleast 20 gig since UT2k4 and HL2 going on)
20 some gigs for Data

Answer:Question about dual booting winxp pro and linux

Linux will not run on NTFS. It can read NTFS partitions, but cannot write(there is an experimental driver to write to NTFS, but you will corrupt your partition if you use it, so don't).

I'd say make the first disk a 20 gig NTFS partition for booting Windows, and the other 20GB ext2/ext3/reiserfs(whichever you choose). Then make the second disk with fat32 partitions, so both Windows and linux can read and write to it. That's what I did when I dual booted back in the day, and it worked fine. The down side to fat32 is there are no permissions on the FS so the chance to destroy the partition is a bit greater, espicially in linux.

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