I downloaded Fedora 15 Live and Fedora 14 Live to try to see where Linux is for music and broadcast audio on a laptop. It turns out I have to use 14.
14 and 15 both sort of work as live out of the box, although why they ship with the common Broadcom wifi driver missing and the touchpad tap disabled beats me. I also never found the magic button to close down 15. There must be one, but blow me I couldn't find it.
Then I tried to follow the instructions at
which mostly seemed to work. I need to keep Win 7 as this is the 32-bit test machine.
I used EasyBCD v2.1 rather than the older version the guide is written
Booting into Win7 at first worked,
then a boot into Linux stopped at a line that said something about a
kernel thread helper
Then Win 7 blue screened on boot, although it would boot to Safe Mode.
Removed Veriface from the Lenovo laptop and it would boot Win 7.
Tried setting Drive in EasyBCD to "Boot" rather than "C:\" for Fedora.
Now booting Fedora gave a Windows missing file message and croaked.
Repairing startup with the Win 7 boot CD cured Win 7.
Repeated the loop with the same failures.
Re-partitioned and re-installed Fedora and just the same - a screen of text that stops.
I can now boot to Windows and need help to sort out the Linux boot.
How do I start to investigate the screen of text saying things like "__bad_area_nosemaphore" ?