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Dual-boot Problem WinXP/Ubuntu 8.10 - ?kernel 2.6.24 related

by tigerson1 / December 3, 2008 4:34 PM PST

Until recently, I have by choice dual-booted several WinXP-Linux OS:s by changing the boot order in the BIOS (to avoid messing up Win, boot loaders and distros).
However, three Ubuntu 8.10 and related distros all "freeze" at "(initramfs)", while WinXP boots normally. From memory no earlier versions of Ubuntu, Mint, and Kubuntu had this problem. Any way short of disconnecting the WinXP drive to avoid this problem?

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Boot loader
by white-bread / December 3, 2008 8:10 PM PST

Use grub.
Use mkinitrd.
Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Windows is on a logical partition unless you have it on a separate drive. leave the boot order alone. You can comment it out.

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Boot loader
by tigerson1 / December 4, 2008 5:59 AM PST
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Hi white-bread,
Thank you for your help. Sorry, I did not express myself clearly. I have two HD:s and change the boot order in the BIOS, to keep the two drives independent. This has worked well until I started to use Ubuntu 8.10 and derivatives. It still does with Mandriva 2009.

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try nhere
by white-bread / December 4, 2008 3:37 PM PST
In reply to: Boot loader
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dual-boot problem
by tigerson1 / December 6, 2008 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: try nhere

Thank you white-bread and pokiedacat,
Will try with some trepidation. My experience from dual-booting using a bootloader and two hard drives was not a happy one a couple of years ago. It is still too early for me to dump Win completely.

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I have to agree
by pookiedacat / December 5, 2008 7:50 PM PST

Grub should be installed on the MBR, let Linux control the boot process, not XP.

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