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1 30th January 07:46
bill baka
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Default Strange boot problem. Guru needed.

I have a windows problem that someone here might be able to help with. I
have a kind of strange setup so bear with me while I describe it. My
MOBO is an Asus K8N with 2.25 GB of memory and 3 500GB Western Digital
drives that are IDE, and another 500GB WD that is a SATA. What I have is
Ubuntu Linux on the primary master and slave. The SATA drive is
formatted in NTFS so both Linux and Windows can read it. Linux will read
windows format but windows tells me the Linux EXT3 format is an error
and wants to format it, so that is why I have a 500GB scratchpad drive
on the SATA. The secondary master has both XP (100GB) and Windows 7
(150GB). My bios allows me to choose which drive I want to boot from. I
moved the drive to be the primary master since XP demands it, and
installed XP (home upgrade from 2000 professional) then installed
Windows 7 on the remaining 150GB. So far so good. When I moved the drive
back to it's home as the secondary I can boot from it but the Windows 7
screen comes up and asks me if I want to boot 7 or “Old Operating System”.
Windows 7 boots just fine, but XP hangs with a bad hal.dll. I checked it
from 7 and even copied it from the XP install CD and expanded it so I
know that hal.dll is fine but won't be seen for some reason. I had been
running both XP and 7 under a Sun Virtual box as guests but they can't
access my HP scanner.
The outright direct installs were supposed to do that but I can't get
the XP to boot no matter what I do.
Windows 7 not only works with the scanner but even has a driver built in
and I can then access the file directly from either windows or the
Linux. When I select the secondary drive to boot, windows 7 is happy
with it, so why not XP. I might be driven to try Vmware server to see
how it works but for now I would be very happy if any guru could tell me
what is going on with XP.
XP has boot.ini, and windows 7 has bcdedit.exe yet tells me I can't run
it without administrative privileges. I installed it as a single user so
Ideas, please. My brain is fried on this one.
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2 30th January 07:46
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Posts: 1
Default Strange boot problem. Guru needed.

A little late, but it sounds like XP's boot.ini is pointing to the wrong
drive or partition. Boot.ini is an easily fixable little text file that
tells the boot loader where to find the operating system. the numbering
system is a little screwy:- drives start at 0 partitions start at 1, but
just open it in notepad, enter the right drive number and the right
partition number, and hall.dll will probably show up.

here's a sample boot.ini {It shows that XP is on the first partition of the
first disk. if XP were on the second disk it would be "rdisk(1)"}

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP
c:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /CMDCONS

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3 30th January 07:46
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Default Strange boot problem. Guru needed.

right click bcedit and select run as administrator.
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