View Full Version : Dual Boot Help!

24th May 2006, 06:07 PM
I am new to Linux as my name suggests and I recently performed a dual-boot setup of Windows XP x64 and Fedora Core 5 on my HP dv5000z (AMD turion 64, 100 GB HD, 1GB RAM). Everything was working well until I saw that unfortunately not many programs run on Microsoft's 64-bit platform (antivirus, antispyware amongst others) in addition to many drivers from the HP cd. There are several drivers available for the 64-bit processor available for download from the HP site, but other applications such as HP Wireless Assistant do not run. Therefore, I'd like to reinstall Windows 32-bit (other people use my computer so I cannot exclusively use Fedora). Here's where my problem is. I have tried booting from a cd with Windows but the screen goes blank upon checking the system for compatibility. Furthermore, I cannot uninstall Windows using the add/remove hardware application in MyComputer. I have tried booting in safe mode as administrator but the same problem occurred. Furthermore, I cannot reformat my ntfs partition containing Windows in Windows. Should I wipe out my Windows partition in Fedora and reinstall it? Are there any other ways to get around this problem? Thank you very much your help is greatly appreciated.

24th May 2006, 07:29 PM
Since you want to remove the current version of Windows, you're best off using 'fdisk', either off of a Win98 boot floppy or from within linux. Although you'll be changing just the one partition, it's possible to mess up both OS's, so back up everything beforehand. Keep in mind that this will delete the mbr and you'll have to reinstall grub once you reinstall Windows.

Here's a link to info on Fdisk: http://www.fdisk.com/fdisk/ Here's a link to Win98 boot disks: http://www.bootdisk.com/ Here's a link to an alternative way (again with floppies): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=55820edb-5039-4955-bcb7-4fed408ea73f&DisplayLang=en
That way will give you a six-floppy set that will actually boot XP once they've lodaded the drivers. Might want to see if that works first.
Here's a link to Madboot (yes, again floppies!) http://www.madboot.com/ - This says it will boot XP too and I've used it to fdisk too. WHOA! They've now got it in ISO form, so looks like you could use this with a CD!

24th May 2006, 08:38 PM
I have exactly the same setup as you Windows XP x64 and Fedora Core 5 64 bit. I'm not sure from your post how far you have reinstalled Windows. It you have trouble dual-booting I've reinstalled Window XP x64 from the CD ROM. This will wipe out Grub. All the Linux data is still there! Boot from Disk 1 of the Fedora Core set and choose the upgrade option. It will, at least in my experience, reinstall GRUB.