dual boot issues

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at gmail.com
Wed May 11 14:49:08 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-11-05 at 14:57 +0200, carsten lange wrote:

> >Hi, I've Windows 2000 and Hoary configured to dual boot using Grub on
> >this laptop.  Generally they work fine, but sometimes if I try to reboot
> >from one OS into the other OS the system will hang while booting.  In
> >Hoary it seems to seize up starting Hotplug.  In Windows it seems to
> >seize up when the little blue bar is about a third of the way across.
> >(In this case I actually prefer the Linux techno-gibberish).  My guess
> >is that it's probing for hardware and for some reason doesn't like what
> >it finds (maybe the other OS has left a bit of memory in a mess or
> >something).  I'd like to investigate further but I'm not sure where to
> I think it has nothing to do with dual boot. 
> Sounds like an hardware issue. If it is really hotplug-related: does it
> depend on any plugged or unplugged devices? USB? Perhaps you should
> check the cables/connectors of the hard drives and cdroms/dvds if they
> are attached properly.

I had a very similar problem a few months ago that turned out to be a
IDE cable not properly attached to a hard drive.  And depending if the
HD was already "active" or not (i.e a fresh boot versus a reboot from
the other OS in my dual boot system), sometimes it worked, and sometimes
it didn't.

Daniel Robitaille
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