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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010

    multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

    hi all,
    i'd like to install xp, win7, fedora, ubuntu...

    i installed xp
    then i used gparted to create a partition before xp and installed w7
    both can dual boot fine

    i installed fedora 12
    in grub i can see fedora and windows bootloader
    i can get to win7 and login fine
    when i go into grub, then win bootloader, then xp, i can get to the login screen, but i can't login
    i enter my pw, it takes several seconds, seems to login, then quickly logs out... i see "closing network connections", then i'm back to the xp login screen again

    i'm not sure why i can't login to the xp partition
    fedora and win7 work fine

    win7 & xp worked fine before fedora

    grub menu.lst looks ok

    any help ???

    after fixing this, i'd like to next install ubuntu

    hd0,0 - sda1 - w7
    hd0,1 - sda2 - xp
    hd0,2 - sda3 - extended
    hd0,4 - sda5 - fat32 (data)
    hd0,5 - sda6 - /boot fedora
    hd0,6 - sda7 - / fedora
    hd0,7 - sda8 - swap fedora

    thanks for your help!

    ---------- Post added at 11:01 AM CDT ---------- Previous post was at 10:48 AM CDT ----------

    splashimage= ......
    title Fedora 12
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel ......
    initrd ......
    title Windows
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    In your closet

    Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

    Not sure why. XP was on the first partition before you installed Win7 in front of it. Something wrong with the Windows boot loader that is confusing XP. Something here (sample from my work computer)
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    that is wrong now that partition has changed?
    The Bassinator

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Question Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...


    i have a feeling my moving xp to the 2nd partition may have something to do with it

    just weird that it worked before fedora/grub
    and that i can actually boot to it and get a login screen, etc.

    i'm going to try something different

    thanks for the response

    ---------- Post added at 02:56 PM CDT ---------- Previous post was at 01:27 PM CDT ----------

    well, i have another issue

    i deleted everything, hoping to start over, but having difficulty removing grub

    can't use xp cd recovery because it says no disks present

    even tried installing win7, which works and w7 boots, but grub is still there because xp cd says no disks even with an existing and active w7 install

    i may try to install f12 with w7 next

    anyone have any ideas on how to remove grub?

    can't use xp cd - recovery console, nor dos fdisk /mbr


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Mashhad, Iran

    Re: multiboot xp, w7, fedora, ...

    Do you have Win7 installed already? If so, boot from the win7 DVD, enter the recovery console (press R when it asks you whether you want to install windows etc.) When you're at the console, type:


    that will remove grub

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