Help - Function of Dell Studio 1537 partitions ?

oldcpu oldcpu at
Thu Dec 24 13:32:09 CST 2009


I successfully installed WinXP today on this Dell Studio 1537 laptop,
replacing Win Vista in the /dev/sda3 partition.

I kept the /dev/sda1 (Dell Utility), /dev/sda2 (Dell Recovery) and /sda4
(sda5 to sda7) openSUSE Linux partitions.

I had an initial hiccup getting the WinXP Service Pack3 installer to
run, as I still had sda4 as the "boot" (active) partition and the winXP
installation program 1st boot would fail, and it refused to change that
assigned active/boot partition from /sda4.  Finally after my manually
changing the boot from /dev/sda4 to /dev/sda3, winXP installed successfully.

I had a second hiccup when I restored grub.  After grub restoration
(with boot partition changed back to /sda4) openSUSE would boot from
grub but winXP stopped booting from grub, giving me instead an "NTLDR is
missing" error instead of booting. After some head scratching and hair
pulling, I realized winXP installed its boot loader on /dev/sda2 and
winXP changed the active/boot partition from /dev/sda3 to /dev/sda2.  So
I changed grub's /boot/grub/menu.lst file to point to /dev/sda2 for
winXP instead of /dev/sda3 and winXP would then boot successfully.

Finding the drivers for winXP was fun (although I did succeed in the
end) but thats not a subject for this mailing list.  I do note Linux
installs in a FRACTION of the time it takes to install winXP.

Anyway, I'm a happy camper now that my Dell Studio 1537 is now dual
booting successfully between winXP and a 64-bit openSUSE-11.1 with

aka oldcpu

On 12/24/2009 05:44 PM, Jose Damian Garrido Muñoz wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM, oldcpu <oldcpu at> wrote:
>> I have Linux (openSUSE-11.1) setup on dual boot with MS-Vista on a Dell
>> Studio 1537 laptop.  My wife is "fed up" with Vista, and has asked that
>> I replace Vista with WinXP on this Laptop.  I would like to do this over
>> the Christmas holiday break.
>> Output of:  fdisk -l
>> Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
>> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
>> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>> Disk identifier: 0x08000000
>>   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
>> /dev/sda1               1          18      144553+  de  Dell Utility
>> /dev/sda2              19        1324    10485760    7  HPFS/NTFS
>> /dev/sda3            1325       10247    71673997+   7  HPFS/NTFS
>> /dev/sda4   *       10248       30401   161887005    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
>> /dev/sda5           10248       10509     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
>> /dev/sda6           10510       13120    20972826   83  Linux
>> /dev/sda7           13121       30401   138809601   83  Linux
> las dos primeras particiones te ayudan a restaurar el sistema a como
> venía de fábrica.
> pienso que necesitas mantener tus dos primeras particiones en caso de
> que necesites hacer válida la garantía.
> si tu garantía ya no está disponible podrías siemplemente borrar estas
> particiones.

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