Originally Posted by nupe1911
Ok here's the route that I took. I installed Partition Magic and Bootmagic. Then, I Split my partition between 60GB for Media Center and about 40gb for XP PRO. I booted from cd since it wouldn't let me install throught Windows. Now I have the best of both worlds OS's for entertainment and work.
There's definitely something built in though. Dell thinks they are slick. People will start complaining like hell when Vista comes out and their customers find out that they can't upgrade to it without losing their work.
Partition Magic and Bootmagic ???
Via Partition Magic and whatever partitioning, disc testing programs you have Check partitions MBR for errors.....
Bootmagic? Bootloader ... Get rid of it and use the XP bootloader.
I at one time had:
NT 4.0 Workstation and Server
and I think Xp Pro
All on their own NATIVE
partitions, each OS seperate, using the bootloader of NT /XP to boot each OS.
Normally you have to install a small dos partition with the bootloader/files (can't remember exact details)
I do remember something about the PM bootloader.. Can't remember the details but that might be an area to look at.
Another thing you may want to do is to Google for which OS needs to be installed first. Do a search for doing a Dual boot install. Xp Pro may indeed have to be installed first, that may be the problem.
Here's a site which "may" have some info:http://partition.radified.com/http://radified.com/Articles/laptop.htmhttp://radified.com/index2.html
PS: Another thing, are you running a SATA hard drive?