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Grub wouldn't include Windows for Dual Boot with Puppy
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RayTomes


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Location: Auckland, New Zealand

PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 07:12    Post subject:  Grub wouldn't include Windows for Dual Boot with Puppy
Subject description: my windows XP system became inaccessible
 

Today I installed V3 of Puppy on to hard disk by saving it there at the end of my session. I then ran GRUB and tried to set up a dual boot which I had successfully done before without problem. However when I told GRUB about the WinXP system it came up with a big page of text that started with something about "Xdialog v 2.1.1" and heaps of vaguely xhtml-ish looking stuff. When I looked at the boot list I made it only had Puppy in it. By that time I had already hit the MBR (because that was where the previous grub was). When I rebooted it only offered me Puppy.

So I tried a few more things with v2 puppy, and eventually with the older puppy which had successfully made the dual boot, and I was amazed that it came up with the same weird text when I asked it to put windows in as dual boot.

Eventually I fixed the problem by booting from my WinXP installation CD and choosing R for repair and running FIXMBR and then I could boot windows. However if I go to GRUB again it still brings up the same "Xdialog v 2.1.1" page whenever I say set a boot up for woindows and adds nothing to the grub boot info.

This doesn't mean a thing to me, and I don't see what to do to get a dual boot. I can operate by putting the CD in to boot Puppy, but it would be nice to have dual boot. Anyone know what it all means?

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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 07:18    Post subject:  

The problem is the Puppy community has come up with so many successful ways of dual booting XP and Puppy.

I can't tell by your post:

1. if you installed Puppy as a Frugal install or Full on a different Linux partition than XP's partition.

2. if you installed Frugal on the same partition as XP

3. or something altogether different

These answers should help people give you the best advice for your install.
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RayTomes


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 07:51    Post subject:  

I think it is a frugal install (it just has a few files).
It is on a different partition and a different physical drive to windowsXP.

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smokey01


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 08:14    Post subject:  

RayTomes wrote:
I think it is a frugal install (it just has a few files).
It is on a different partition and a different physical drive to windowsXP.

Ray,

Try the advice from this thread. It should help.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=28449773&t=27038

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RayTomes


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 08:20    Post subject:  

Hi Smokey

No that doesn't help at all. Sad

Ray

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 08:32    Post subject:  

If you can find your current GRUB menu.lst file, please post it. To launch Windows, all you should need is the following entry:

title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

However, since Windows is on a different drive, you may also need to use the map command:

title Windows
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

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smokey01


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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 08:35    Post subject:  

RayTomes wrote:
Hi Smokey

No that doesn't help at all. Sad

Ray


I found this tutorial very helpful, maybe you will too.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/grub.html

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ICPUG

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Mar 2008, 08:40    Post subject:  

Ray,

Is this partition/disk where you have installed Puppy formatted as NTFS (i.e. by Windows) or ext2 or ext3?

I take it the files you have installed are:
vmlinuz
initrd.gz
puppy_301.sfs
possibly zdrv_301.sfs.

Are they in the root directory or in a subdirectory. What is thename of the subdirectory if the latter.


What does your menu.lst say - when you are trying to boot Windows with Puppy?

ICPUG
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