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Re: After FC3 installation, WinXP CD Setup hangs at "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration"

On Apr 4, 2005 10:32 AM, Jeff Vian <jvian10 charter net> wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 15:28 +0800, Didier Casse wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >          I install FC3 dual boot with Windows on a laptop. I noticed
> > that grub can't boot the WinXP partition and the things which sucks
> > more is that the WinXP CD Setup hangs at "Setup is inspecting your
> > computer's hardware configuration" and shows a black screen.
> >
> > It never happened previously. I did that on my friend's laptop and he
> > can't live w/o windows.
> > What's wrong and how to solve this problem?
> >
> > I suspect that I have to "fixboot" with the Windows recovery console.
> > But no Windows CD wants to boot now. And my friend's laptop has no
> > floppy drive.
> >
> This may be a result of the early bug with FC where the drive geometry
> is read differently with Windows and Fedora.  Check out fedorafaq.org

I don't think this is the same thing, as that bug has not been
reported to exist in FC3, just in FC2.  Especially since the GRUB
error 13 given seems to indicate that this is not the same bug.

(for reference this is the original thread with some more info


Can you give us a quick overview of what you did to install Fedora on
this laptop?  Including how the laptop was repartitioned (I remember
your friend did the partitioning, can you ask him/her?).  This might
help us figure out what has happened to Windows.

One of the better courses of action might be to get the NTFS kernel
module (see http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/) and mount all the
Windows partitions to see what you can find.  Does it look like
Windows is actually installed to hda1 like one would expect?  That is,
can you find the WINDOWS or WINNT directory and ntldr file?  What is
on hda11 (the second NTFS parition on the drive)?  Could Windows
(somehow) actually be there instead?

About the Windows CD not booting.  Is the CD for Windows XP SP1?  and
is the installed version SP2?  If so, this might be the problem.  I've
heard that there are problems with SP1 CDs after upgrading to SP2, but
I don't know how these problems manifest themselves.  Perhaps you
could try to get MS to send you an SP2 disk if nothing else works. 
Can you check the CDs in another computer?  Preferably one that still
has SP1, or if that isn't an option, then one without Windows at all.


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