Asked by PLogic on 2009-02-07

I'm delighted with my exploration of Ubuntu, but I migrated from 7.10 to 8.10 to gain Blu-Ray device recognition for an LG Blu-ray, HD DVD devide, but can't get around the DRM issues as yet. I haven't been able to find ubuntu player software that will take Blu-ray. For this (the latest Win Media Player accommodates Blu-Ray) and other reasons (client requirements) I need to reload WinXP on the machine. At install I created a 50GB FAT32 partition to accommodate WinXP (the rest of the 500GB HD is dedicated to Ubuntu). But when I try to install XP, it doesn't find a hard drive to use.

Is it necessary to wipe the HD and start from scratch with WinXP first, then add Ubuntu as most literature suggests? or is it possible to load WinXP onto the FAT32 partition that's been prepared for it?


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PLogic (plogic) said : #2

Re: Blu-ray - Thanks, but I've been there & done that - No joy!

Koen Beek wrote:
> Your question #60239 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/60239
> Status: Open => Answered
> Koen Beek proposed the following answer:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/BluRayAndHDDVD
> It should be possible to install WinXP after ubuntu is already installed
> http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_linux_and_windows_xp_linux_installed_first.htm

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Tom (tom6) said : #3

Xp prefers ntfs rather than fat32 but that shouldn't be an issue here. Perhaps this guide can help ...

or the start of that page

It's preferable to start with Windows and then install Linux or other but not completely necessary. It's only really the mbr that gets nuked and needs a final tweak. Of course if you are a total noob then there is more chance of getting it horribly wrong this way round but i think you're unlikely to accidentally wipe your Ubuntu's partition or anything - just that mbr.

Good luck with this
Regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #4

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/reposting a question just before america arrives online after work/school gives the best chance of getting a good few answers.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved.

Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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