Help - Function of Dell Studio 1537 partitions ?
oldcpu at opensuse-forums.org
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
On 12/24/2009 05:44 PM, Jose Damian Garrido Muñoz wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM, oldcpu <oldcpu at opensuse-forums.org> 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
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