black screen problem when reinstalling XP in a dual boot system
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Sun Oct 19 15:36:36 UTC 2008
On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM, ranti bose <ranti.bose at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everybody ,
> i have fedora8 & xp installed in my pc.i want to reinstall xp & want to keep
> fedora also.my problem is
> whenever I insert xp cd in my cdrom a screen appearing saying "PRESS ANY KEY
> TO BOOT FROM CD" ,then I press any key ,
> but at that moment a "BLACK SCREEN" appears & cdrom stopped working .After
> waiting for some minutes I reboot the machine by pressing reboot key &
> follow the same steps but again the same thing happens.
> My question is what is the reason for this incident & how to get rid of
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Hi ranti bose!
My guess is that your xp cd does not like what I would guess is a GRUB
Master Boot Record (MBR).
First I would take a "snapshot" of the current MBR plus a bit as described here:
http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/asm/mbr/GRUB.htm (and do a search
for "dd if" (without quotes)
The whole article is a good read for what you are doing and connects
to other info you may need. You may well need stage 1.5 so increase
the count=1 to say count=20 (frankly I forget how long stage 1.5 is -
you can look at them in your "/boot" directory. Move this file to a
flash drive, e-mail, or some other safe place. You may need it as a
Second, use "dd" to wipe the section that you just read.
Third, run "fixmbr" from your xp cd. Instructions here:
Fourth, install xp where you wish.
Fifth, make a decision to use the xp bootloader (probably preferred)
or grub. If you wish to use grub copy the xp bootloader section as
you did GRUB (always make a way back) and then copy your old grub MBR
into place. If you wish to use the xp bootloader follow the
instructions here (only call it Fedora which it is):
Have a lot of fun!
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