Re: OFF-TOPIC: Fedora 7 already installed, can't install XP on empty partition

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On Fri, 2007-08-10 at 19:03 -0300, André Costa wrote:
> Hi Aaron, thks for stepping in.
> 
> On 8/10/07, Aaron Konstam <[email protected]> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2007-08-10 at 18:07 -0300, André Costa wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > this is somehow off-topic, but hopefully someone here has been through
> > > this already...
> > >
> > > I just bought a shiny new Core 2 Duo machine (Intel DG33BU mobo), with
> > > a nice 250G SATA disk. Fedora 7 installation went surprisingly well
> > > (and fast), only problem was that onboard NIC was not recognized, but
> > > upgrading the kernel offline fixed this. Everything is amazingly fast
> > > =)
> > >
> > > BUT... I need this machine to dual-boot to Windows XP (still addicted
> > > to some Windows-only games =( ). XP setup CD hangs just after showing
> > > "examining hardware configuration" or something like that. It doesn't
> > > really hangs, it just switches to a blank screen and sits there
> > > forever (I already left it there for more than 15min to no avail).
> > > Keyboard is responsive and HD led stays on. CTRL+ALT+DEL reboots as
> > > expected.
> > >
> > > I talked to IT guys at work and they told me they've been through this
> > > already lots of times, it seems XP is unable to properly recognize the
> > > disk when only Linux is installed on it (?!?), and only solution would
> > > be to reformat the whole thing and install XP first.
> > >
> > > Is that true?
> >
> > It is true that it is better to install XP first. I have had cases like
> > yours. Did you create a partition for XP? One can not tell from your
> > fdisk -l output. If not you are lost.
> >
> > However, If there is such a partition. make it type 7 with fdisk. Then
> > retry your XP install.
> 
> I haven't created a partition for XP, but I just did that with gparted
> on the empty partition, and marked it as HPFS/NTFS (type 7):
> 
> ~ fdisk -l
> 
> Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> 
>    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/sda1   *           1          13      104391   83  Linux
> /dev/sda2              14       10467    83971755   8e  Linux LVM
> /dev/sda3           10468       30401   160119855    7  HPFS/NTFS
> 
> Still, nothing happens. ... stupid XP, I can't believe I'll have to
> reinstall everything because of it =/
> 
> If that's really the case, what should I do? Reboot from Fedora
> installation CD into rescue mode, run fdisk and remove all partitions?
> 
> Something just occurred to me: what if I managed to boot from a Linux
> rescue CD, ran gparted and marked both /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 as
> "hidden" partitions? Could this work?
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Andre

I apologize for not mentioning the possibility of using gparted. But I am still 
confused. Where is your swap partition. Part of the problem is that XP
deals with the partition table differently than Linux.

If you have to start again this is what to do. Repartition the disk from
scratch using fdisk from rescue mode . Arrange to install XP first on
the first partition. Then install Linux and I am sure it will work. I
have done this many times and with this arrangement things work.

But please assign a swap partition. Also when installing Linux use the
Custom partitioning option.
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