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Ubuntu, Win XP and 98 installation problems

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by MrMarioMan, Feb 8, 2007.

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  1. MrMarioMan

    MrMarioMan Thread Starter

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    First of all, sorry if this is in the wrong place and secondly, sorry if this makes no sense.
    Basically for a school project I decided I would build a computer, I heard it wasn't too hard and wanted to increase my knowledge of computers. I ended up getting some spare parts off of my mam's friend including 2 HDDs. When I built up the PC and started it up it turned out that there was a copy of Windows 98 installed on one of the HDD (we'll call it HDD1). Now this wouldn't load for one reason or another, so I decided to go with linux. I knew little about it but after a few internet searches decided that Ubuntu was probably the best for me. So I installed Ubuntu 6.10 onto the other HDD (HDD2)and it worked fine. Then all of a sudden Windows 98 started working again. Now I have it so that when the PC starts up It displays the option to run Ubuntu 6.10, Ubuntu 6.10 (Safe Mode), memtest and Windows 98. Now I have gotten a copy of Windows XP Upgrade and want to run that. I start off in Windows 98, I have tried running the XP off the HDD and the CD and both times it runs grand until when it tells me to restart. When it restarts I again have to pick between which OS to run and I pick Windows. However the doesn't pick up from where it left off, in fact there is no sign that it ever started, even when I copied the files to the HDD first those files were gone. I have tried removing HDD2 during this installation and
    "Loading GRUB
    GRUB FAILED
    ERROR 22"
    just keeps coming up. I have tried uninstalling Ubuntu aswell and this still comes up. At this stage I want to just install XP in place of 98 and get rid of Ubuntu altogether (though I could live with it if for some reason or other it would have to stay).

    Any help would really be appreciated.
     
  2. CouchMaster

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    Make windows boot first? You can do this by editing grub - I don't know if it would work though...
     
  3. MrMarioMan

    MrMarioMan Thread Starter

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    Could you tell me how to edit GRUB?
     
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  5. saikee

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    OK don't panic

    Your problem is due to a Linux boot loader occupying the first sector of your hdd1 or whatever disk you have arranged with the Bios to boot first.

    The first sector is called MBR. Every operating system has a boot loader and the boot loader permitted into the MBR controls the booting. You have installed Grub and put it into the MBR and that is why you can multi boot with Grub. You can allow Grub continue to boot as many system as you can installed. My Grub boots 3-digit number of OSs.

    If you do not want Grub you can restore Windows MBR according to Task B1 or B2 described in the last link of my signature.

    Windows MBR has no communication with the user. All it does is to boot from your first hard disk whatever primary partition that has been marked "active".

    If you have installed Win98 and XP partition on separate partitions then you can use Win98's fdisk to switch which partition to be made active. XP has a boot loader called NTLDR which can dual boot Win98 and Linux but it is 10 times harder to use than Grub. You can try to use it to multi-boot.

    If you have installed XP as an upgrade over WIndows then Grub would have been able to boot it same as Win98.

    I believe overwriting Grub with Windows's MBR is what you after now so just using Task B1 or B2 described above.
     
  6. MrMarioMan

    MrMarioMan Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the help. I'm busy at the moment, but once I have a bit of free time I will give these suggestions a go.
    Cheers
     
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