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    Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Hi there! I just got my new Pangolin Performance and its running great! Anyways, I tried running a few games under Wine to test things out like the 8600GT. Had issues with both (Fable and Devil May Cry 4) and so I've decided just to use XP for any gaming purposes. So, using the LiveCD I created a 40 gig Fat32 partition from my 160 and then rebooted with the XP install disc. It'll begin to load files but eventually it'll get to a point where it says that it can't detect any installed HDDs. Anyway to fix this? (Note this is before the actual GUI)

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    if you have a SATA drive, Windows XP setup won't recognize it. If that's the case, check your BIOS if you can set HDD mode to non-AHCI (ATA mode).

    You can also provide the SATA driver during Windows XP setup by pressing F6, but it requires a floppy drive (built-in or USB).

    Slipstreaming is another option but requires more work, might be the last solution.

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Try reformatting using vfat through Ubuntu.
    Code:
    $ sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
    Change the bold to your partition with the fat32.

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    The SATA driver is definitely the problem, especially if you have an older XP disk. There are a number of tutorials out there for dealing with this issue.

    This one is a good one...
    http://rockmanx.wordpress.com/2008/0...t-a-floppy-f6/
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Thanks a lot! The non-AHCI mode bit did the trick. Its installing now with 8 minutes left to go.

    Can I re-enable AHCI after setup or does XP prefer non-AHCI?

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by Caeliferum View Post
    Thanks a lot! The non-AHCI mode bit did the trick. Its installing now with 8 minutes left to go.

    Can I re-enable AHCI after setup or does XP prefer non-AHCI?
    I like VirtualBox better than dual booting.

    Windows opens just like any other application & it does it really fast, no long boot.
    Things that won't run in wine will run just fine.


    John

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by Caeliferum View Post
    Can I re-enable AHCI after setup
    no. But there are no drawbacks performance-wise, unless you have an SataII drive, in which case you lose hot-plugging support and maybe NCQ (native-command queing)

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by jdb View Post
    I like VirtualBox better than dual booting.

    Windows opens just like any other application & it does it really fast, no long boot.
    Things that won't run in wine will run just fine.


    John
    VirtualBox emulates the underlying graphics hardware, so you will get no true 3D performance out of it; as such, using VirtualBox for gaming is not a viable solution.

    Also, as I found out tonight, not all DVDs are compatible. I received Microsoft Office 2007 through work on a DVD; when inserted into a Windows machine, it autoloads the disc's installer. When I insert that same disc into the Serval, Ubuntu can't mount it. Because Ubuntu can't mount it, WinXP inside of VirtualBox can't mount it, so I can't install it in the guest OS (unless you have some tricks up your sleeve to force linux to mount the DVD, which I would welcome).

    In these situations, a dual-boot is a better option, if less convenient than VirtualBox, which I adore.

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    Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Yeah, that's true.

    I use Virtual box for cross-platform software testing. It's easy to set up a share between Ubuntu and VirtualBox, so I can keep Ubuntu running while testing a program in Windows.

    VirtualBox definitely has its place. But if you need to do certain things, a dual boot is superior.

    I await the day that it is no longer necessary, though.
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

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    Smile Re: Dual-booting with Windows XP

    Quote Originally Posted by glacialfury View Post
    VirtualBox emulates the underlying graphics hardware, so you will get no true 3D performance out of it; as such, using VirtualBox for gaming is not a viable solution.

    Also, as I found out tonight, not all DVDs are compatible. I received Microsoft Office 2007 through work on a DVD; when inserted into a Windows machine, it autoloads the disc's installer. When I insert that same disc into the Serval, Ubuntu can't mount it. Because Ubuntu can't mount it, WinXP inside of VirtualBox can't mount it, so I can't install it in the guest OS (unless you have some tricks up your sleeve to force linux to mount the DVD, which I would welcome).

    In these situations, a dual-boot is a better option, if less convenient than VirtualBox, which I adore.
    I guess I'm not much of a gamer, I should have asked one of my boys, they would have set me straight

    jdb

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