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Mark Knecht schrieb:
> My Gentoo AMD64 machine is the only machine in the house with a
> video card capable of running a Windows game my teenage kid got for
> his birthday. I checked Cedega and unfortunately they don't support it
> yet. This has raised the spectre of possibly adding Windows to this
> machine so that he can play the game.
> The machine has some disk space but it's at the end of the hard
> drive. I've not done a Windows install after running Gentoo ever. I
> used to add Gentoo to Windows boxes but haven't done it in a long
> time. What are the issues?
> I assume that the Windows install would wipe out grub. Would I just
> reinstall grub from a Gentoo install CD to get it back and then modify
> my grub config file to set up the dual boot?
yes, thats the way of doing it. After your Windows is installed, the
Windows boot loader will have replaced your grub - so you have to boot
gentoo boot cd, do a chroot to your linux system and reinstall grub into
your MBR as it is described at Chapter 10 Gentoo Handbook. (Of course
you don't have to reemerge it!).
> Any grub/Windows issues
> having Windows at the end of the drive sitting in an extended
That is still a serious problem - Windows XP SP2 still needs at least a
very small primary partition for its boot loader. The other stuff can be
installed at an extended partition. If you have no prim. partition left,
you have to free at least one of it, otherwise it is not possible to
install or run Windows. I have tried a workaround for this - installing
Windows at a primary partition and then moving it to an extended
partition, but that doesn't work too. So I had to give up my 32MB
boot-partition and moved this partition into an extended partition.
After that the Windows installer grabed this partition for its boot
loader, but Windows itself is now laying at the end of the disk.
> What other problems am I likely to have, assuming Windows doesn't
> completely wipe the drive and leave me in a world of pain?
Hmm, I don't know any further problems. After your GRUB is back, Windows
won't touch your MBR - and because Windows can't see your Ext/Reiser/XFS
partitions it won't create a Recycle Bin either. ;)
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