[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu install to USB and existing XP
stevem at seawasp.com
Mon Oct 22 23:46:31 BST 2007
I've had a play with 7.10 and it looks very good indeed; a lot of hard
work has gone into creating it and it works very well indeed.
There seems to be a problem though for XP users who download the CD and
attempt to install it on an external USB device, either a disk or a
flash key, using a machine where there *already exists* a working copy
of Windows on the first internal IDE drive. Essentially, the install to
the USB device works just fine until right at the end when GRUB, usually
complaining first about the cylinders on the USB partition being more
than 1024 from start, dumps all over the existing Windows boot.
I can see how and why this is happening; there are a number of ways
around it (I used Syslinux in the end) but I'm worried that a typical XP
user, who won't be able to recover from this, isn't going to be too
delighted. The installed Ubuntu won't boot and neither will XP anymore,
so the large amount of help and advice about what to do isn't even
available. There does seem to be a large demand for installing 7.10
into this configuration and perhaps there should be a clear warning
somewhere *before* it's attempted?
I just wondered what you guys thought?
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