Solved linex bios not accepting fresh xp load

November 6, 2011 at 09:56:56
Specs: Windows XP
Change vista to xp and hardrive 167g to 500g

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November 7, 2011 at 04:51:14
The bios gives a gru grub set of command options, sortof like DOS.

It doesn't. The BIOS resides in an EPROM on the Motherboard and is put their by the manufacturer with no thought of what OS it might be running.

Grub is a boot loader that resides in the Master BOot Record on the Hard disk and is put there by the Operating System during installation, in the case of Grub it is Linux.

The BIOS loads the Bool Loader from the hard disk during the initialisation.

If you had Linux installed at some time in the past and are still getting the Grub boot loader while trying to install Windows then you need to boot from the Windows CD, delete all partitions and start again from scratch. Windows cannot use partitions created bty Linux.

Stuart



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November 6, 2011 at 10:50:39
What does that have to do with Linux? Your post is confusing. Please clarify what you're doing.

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#2
November 6, 2011 at 12:00:54
.. and the BIOS has nothing to do with Linux. Very confusing!

Stuart


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#3
November 6, 2011 at 13:20:00
It's possible that a little detail about your hardware might help. For example, if you are using a SATA hard drive and the XP isn't at SP3 level then you are likely to have problems.

But an explanation of your chosen subject title would be interesting.


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November 6, 2011 at 18:32:38
".... and the BIOS has nothing to do with Linux."

Motherboard bios versions are NOT operating system specific.

However the bios must be seeing the full size of any hard drive larger than 137 gb hard drive manufacturer's size as their full size, as a binary size in the bios.
E.g. 500.00 gb hard drive manufacturer's size = 465.66 gb binary size
.....

"...if you are using a SATA hard drive...".

If the mboard has SATA drive controllers and you're trying to install XP on a SATA drive, the XP CD may not detect the SATA drive at all, depending on a setting in the motherboard's bios.

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
....

The XP CD you use must have SP1 or later Windows updates integrated into it in order for it to have the built in support to recognize hard drives larger than 137 gb hard drive manufacturer's size as their full size.

The bios and any operating system see the size of any hard drive as it's binary size.
E.g.
137 gb hard drive manufacturer's size = 128 gb binary size.
500.00 gb hard drive manufacturer's size = 465.66 gb binary size
gb hard drive manufacturer's size divided by 1.073741824 = gb binary size


If the XP CD has no SP Windows updates at all, it will see all hard drives equal to or larger than 137 gb hard drive manufacturer's size as 128 gb binary size.

If your XP CD has no no SP Windows updates at all, you can make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD, a CD-R will work with any computer, that has had the SP3 Windows updates integrated into the contents of the CD by following a procedure to do that you can easily find by searching the web, and use that CD along with your original Product Key to install XP instead of the original XP CD.
If your mboard has SATA drive controllers, you can also integrate the drivers for those into the contents of the "slpistreamed" CD.
E.g. the freeware nLite program can integrate both the SP3 updates and the SATA drive controller drivers.


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November 6, 2011 at 21:23:23
Hi, thx for taking the time to read the post.
The bios gives a gru grub set of command options, sortof like DOS.
To see the xp install disk service pack 2, it seems to need a command line,
grub offers some 30 command options none of which produce results,
abandoned vista ater downloading a trial version of autocad which went fine until the
virusus started pouring in like no-end. PC tools could not handle it.
I bought a hd on ebay same make and specs, seagate, although larger capacity.
The pc is an e-machine with nice onboard utilities so a keeper.
If you see a solution to this, I thank you for your insight.

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#6
November 6, 2011 at 22:02:21
Your problem has got nothing to do with the bios version.
Linux probably interprets the bios as does Windows, but mboard bios versions are not operating system specfic.

"167g to 500g"

That's sounds like you're mixing a binary size and a drive manufacturer's (decimal) size.
You refer to them by the drive manufacturer's size.
However 167 gb is oddball for a binary size. A 200 gb drive manufacturer's size would be about 187 gb binary size. not 167 gb

You could try making another Topic in the Linux forum here, however it may take a while to get an answer.
http://www.computing.net/forum/linu...

You may be better off going to a busier Linux site. Lots of people who have posted a Topic here have had no problem multibooting Linux and a Windows version.
There are probably lots of tutorials on the web about how to multiboot Linux and a Windows version.

I know very little about Linux myself, and that may apply to many others who answer here too.


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November 7, 2011 at 04:51:14
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The bios gives a gru grub set of command options, sortof like DOS.

It doesn't. The BIOS resides in an EPROM on the Motherboard and is put their by the manufacturer with no thought of what OS it might be running.

Grub is a boot loader that resides in the Master BOot Record on the Hard disk and is put there by the Operating System during installation, in the case of Grub it is Linux.

The BIOS loads the Bool Loader from the hard disk during the initialisation.

If you had Linux installed at some time in the past and are still getting the Grub boot loader while trying to install Windows then you need to boot from the Windows CD, delete all partitions and start again from scratch. Windows cannot use partitions created bty Linux.

Stuart


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#8
November 7, 2011 at 19:59:48
Yes, I agree. will repartition if able.

Thank you for your help.


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