dual boot XP Pro and Debian Linux

By wweinstein_001 ·
I'm trying to set up a Dell Lattitude D610 to dual boot XP Pro and Debian Etch 4.0, XP was loaded and configured,then I tried to load Debian. The install went through but on restart Debian won't load and XP won't start at all. Should I load Debian first and let XP creat a dual boot or is there a better solution. I'm new to Linux. My system has 1GB RAM and a partitioned 250GB HDD with a 1.7GHz Pentium M (although the sticker says centrino) CPU.
All assistance is welcome. Thank you all in advance.

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No you just have to install Debian correctly

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to dual boot XP Pro and Debi ...

Start off be reinstalling XP to the Primary Partition. Also format that Partition with the Install Disc. Then after XP is installed restart the system with the Debian Boot Disc in the Optical Drive and boot off the Debian Install Disc.

When prompted chose to install Debian to the Second Partition. Allow the Debian Installer to auto chose how it formats the HDD Partition that it is going to be installed on.

Linux unlike Windows uses 3 Partitions so you Do Not format the second Partition the Debian Installer will do this during the setup.


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