I've been using mint for a while as a dual boot alongside windows 7 and have just been trying to set up a dual boot on a laptop which had xp already installed. I installed mint in the same way as I did for my dual boot for windows 7 ( partitioned and installed as shown in this tutorial: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/06/06/how-to-dual-boot-linux-mint-13-cinnamonmate-and-windows-7/2/) but after install I realised that I could not use EasyBCD in xp to give me the option of which os to use on startup. Now when I startup I can only boot into windows xp.
Any help would be appreciated.
sudo dd if=/dev/sda3 bs=512 count=1 > mintMBR.bin
wagb278 wrote:@741 - I don't have a solution for you, but will follow your post because I have a similar problem. I installed Linux Mint 13 MATE on a Windows XP computer and selected the first option in the Installation Type (install Mint along side Windows). That got me a functioning Linux Mint, but if I select Windows XP (on /dev/sda1) in Grub all I get is a "Disk read error" message. I can no longer boot into Windows, but inspecting the Windows partition from Mint everything seems to be there. Inspecting partitions with GParted everything looks as I expect, except Mint and its Swap are within an Extended partition - not a problem, just not what I expected. I hopefully just need to figure out how to get the Windows boot to work again. I didn't see the article you reference until after I discovered I had a problem. I just thought setting up the dual boot was going to be automatic, making whatever adjustments are necessary to setup dual booting. Good Luck to us both.
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