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Join Date: Jan 2010
Trying to set up SL/XP Dual Boot...no joy so far - 01-30-2010, 06:34 PM
I have a Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition, which is essentially a Mini 10v with some kids software.
When I first got the Mini I erased the hard drive and installed Snow Leopard and updated it to 10.6.2 and installed iLife 09 and several other programs. Everything worked like a charm.
Now I want to modify my system to a dual boot system. I want to keep my Snow Leopard install, and add the original XP Home that came with the Mini. This is proving to be quite difficult.
I have used Mechdrew's method here:
Advanced 2: Multi-Boot Configuration | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
First off, I followed his advice and made a disk image of my SL install. Then I repartitioned my drive. Both partitions were GUID, one was Mac OS Ext and the other MS-DOS.
Mechdrew's guide says: "Now that we've got the partitions set up, you should restart the computer and install the other operating system." So I went ahead and successfully installed Win XP from the Dell re-install disk. This worked fine.
Next, per Mechdrew's instructions, I restored my SL install to the partition I had prepared earlier for the purpose and ran the NetBookInstaller from the utilities menu and rebooted. I got a startup error--some kind of kernel panic I think. I then tried issuing the terminal commands as listed in the guide. Still same result.
OK, so then I decided I had either done things the wrong way around or my image of my SL install was somehow faulty (it was).
So I erased the hard drive and started over. This time, I restored my SL install first, planning to install XP afterwards. However, SL wouldn't boot, so I decided the image must be faulty. I started yet again, this time restoring my SL install from Time Machine. It worked! So, I had a good install of Snow Leopard, and a partition on my hard drive for installing Windows XP. But alas, when I went to install Win XP from the re-install disk, I can't get past the first reboot (after all the setup files have been copied over). When it rebooted to continue the install, I got this message:
Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
If anyone can help me get around this and figure out how to fix this, I would really appreciate it. I read somewhere that the Dell re-install disk is looking for a certain hard disk configuration and when it meets something different, it errors out like this. Is that my problem? If so, why did it allow me to install the first time around, when I was installing on a 60 GB partition (but with nothing on the other hard drive)?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Join Date: Jan 2010
01-31-2010, 01:42 AM
I notice that quite a lot of people on this forum are using Windows 7 instead of XP for dual booting. Is that supposed to be quite a lot easier? Could a person just buy an OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional and install it on a Dell Mini 10v and expect it to work? Like this:
CompUSA.com | FQC-00765 | Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT - OEM DVD
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