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very very bad start with Linux

Link to this post 05 May 12

I had the worst start with Linux ever
1- in my 1st installation i formatted all the hard disk this was on the computer of my friend
2- in my computer i have xp i tried to install Linuxm-int12 beside xp but every time i complete the installation and when i restart the xp open automatically and no choices
i tried many times and the same problem
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"xp open automatically and i can not log in to Linux "
plz help me

Link to this post 06 May 12

Ok. Go to control panel then system then advanced system settings. click on settings for startup and recovery. put a check inside the box that says "time to display list of operating systems" then choose your time setting in seconds. I pulled this off win vista, but the area you need to go is the same. I used to run xp. Lemme know if this fixes your problem.

Link to this post 07 May 12

The GRUB menu is kept in a file called menu.lst. If u have Mint live cd, try to boot with the same and on terminal windows type as:
sudo grub
find /boot/grub/stage1
root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0)
quit
and as root edit /boot/grub/menu.lst, where u see the name of the OSs. see here almost same topic:
https://www.linux.com/learn/answers/view/808-i-have-installed-linux-mint-on-a-newly-refurbished-windows-xp-got-linux-on-12-of-hard-drivehow-do-i-switch-into-windows-if-i-choose-tonot-that-i-want-tojust-that-i-would-like-to-find-out

Link to this post 15 May 12

If you installed Mint onto the PC, and Windows XP still comes up without asking you which OS to boot into, you're making the wrong choice of where to install Grub during installation. If you choose to install Grub to the MBR, then, if something went wrong, the only OS to boot would be Mint, not XP. I would go over your installation steps and look to see where you choose the wrong option.

Link to this post 17 May 12

win was installed originally. checking your settings as I said is still the most basic option. If it fails, go to what others suggested. sorry, my mind runs on simplified. always try easiest first. not sayin other suggestions won't work, just sayin process of eimination. easy, next, medium, next, hard and beyond. cant hurt to simplify bro. self tought and ok. :) get er done.....:)

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