quadophile Posted September 17, 2004 Report Share Posted September 17, 2004 I have been reading posts about dual booting on various forums and looks like many people are having problems with dual booting Windows XP and Mandrake 10. I was experimenting with Mandrake 10 since last few days on a secondary system since I wanted to get a feel of how things work. I never had any problems installing Mandrake hardware wise or software wise on an exclusive machine but ideally wanted to install it on my main rig with Windows XP already installed to reduce the clutter of having two machines and investing in a KVM switch and catering to additional power requirements of two units. Yesterday I planned to dual boot on my main rig without having to disturb the Windows XP installation with SP2 installed and everything worked out well and no hardware or software problems cropped up. The procedure I adopted was to keep the main boot drive WD with Windows XP untouched. I changed the settings in the bios to boot from the DVD drive and having the WD disabled for booting. I then proceeded to enable boot from SATA and installed the Mandrake 10. I forced Mandrake to create the boot loader on the SATA drive instead of the WD to make sure the Windows XP partition is not disturbed. Once all was installed and system rebooted I could see the boot menu indicating Linux as well as Windows. I could boot into Linux and also into Windows without any problems. When I switch the Bios to read the WD as boot drive, Linux is not recognised by Windows XP as the boot loader does not exist there. However, switching back to SATA as boot drive I can get all the options. I think I will leave it as it is and continue to experiment with the two OS and improve my skills on Linux. My main rig specs and all the attached hardware are as follows: P4 2.53 Ghz Intel D845PEBT2 Motherboard Corsair 512 MB XMS Low Latency PC2700 (2-2-2-5) DDR Ram WD 80GB HD with 8MB cache (Primary Master) Seagate 120 GB SATA LaCie Dual Format 8X DVD Writer (Secondary Master) Asus 16x DVD Rom (attached to Ultra ATA Controller due to this drive being ATA 100) Promise Ultra ATA 100 Controller Audigy sound card Matrox G400 Dual Head VGA (retained from previous system) US Robotics V90 56k Internal Voice/Fax/Data Modem (not compatible with Linux since it is a Winmodem essentially) Logitech Elite Wireless Keyboard Logitech MX 700 Wireless Mouse Philips 170S5FB 17” LCD monitor HP Scanner and Printer Denco D719 case Looks like I am hooked to Linux! B) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.