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    Question VMware error booting native xp: "ntldr missing" (dual boot BT2final + XPpro)

    As the title says:

    Can't boot native XP-Pro in a dual boot configuration out of BT2final using vmware server 1.0.3-44356
    while getting this error: "ntldr missing"

    Configuration:

    hda1: xp-pro (fat32)
    hda2: boot (ext2)
    hda3:swap (ext2)
    hda4: bt2final (reiserfs)

    lilo boot manager...
    (single booting works properly.)
    (bt2final out of xp-pro via vmware workstation 6.x.x worked fine...)

    anybody else who had this problem?

    Dont get me wrong: Setting up a new virtual machine by using a fresh installation via a xpSP2 Compact Disc works without any problems... (besides that until now i couldnt find out how to bring up a network connnection in virtual xp via my BT2final perfectly working pcmcia-wlan-card)

    btw.: ARE pcmcia-cards and usb2.0 supported or NOT?

    also, when installing the vmware server i got an error-message concerning a perl-script... i didnt bother about it, cause balding parrot mentioned that there could be some issues.

    kind regards and keep things up in this powerful forum!

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    I've never used vmware before but why are you using reiserfs? Why not ext3? Maybe that's where the problem lies, maybe not.

    Why use vmware at all, Can't you make up your mind, lol.

    If I want to switch to XP, I just reboot

    Simple is sometimes better, imho.
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    cause i am a newbie at all i decided to keep as close as possible to the "original recommended" dual boot configuration from muts' video-how-to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acebrazer View Post
    cause i am a newbie at all i decided to keep as close as possible to the "original recommended" dual boot configuration from muts' video-how-to.
    I understand I didn't know he recommended vmware and reiserfs in his video
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    Quote Originally Posted by .lonewolf View Post
    I understand I didn't know he recommended vmware and reiserfs in his video
    reiserfs yes but vmware ? not sure about that one.

    To the op if you want to keep it simple forget the vmware for now and go with the dual boot movie from the wiki. There is also a transcript of the commands so you can follow along easier.

    You also have to remember that the reiserfs file system may cause some users headaches later on when using bt especially if one is new to linux and does not also know how to "maintain" a linux box.
    But if you are persistent with trying to get a dual boot again use the movie.
    Once you are familiar with linux then you can either setup a ext2 or 3 partition for your box or be able to use the reiserfs
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    I've seen ntldr missing when I attempt to boot a NT partition with a USB stick inserted. Make sure your VM is not attaching any peripherals prior to booting.

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    thanks for replying nearly realtime......
    but to my own regret i have to say neither unplugging ALL peripherals (like usbs, pcmcias, etc...) nor re-installing both systems according to muts video-tut lead to a solution.

    btw: i feared being kicked or strongly adviced to research the forum deeply not to double post here. is this me, who has to verify this issue first?

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    1) Only USB are supported on vmware or any other virtualisation. You can forget PCMCIA and what not.
    2) Is this dualboot within one vmware image or is this some sort of fancy dual boot setup where you have two physical installations and using vmware to deal with the second OS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatake_kakashi View Post
    "1) Only USB are supported on vmware or any other virtualisation."

    "2) Is this dualboot within one vmware image or is this some sort of fancy dual boot setup where you have two physical installations and using vmware to deal with the second OS?
    >>>1: This seems to be okay for me. Just need BT2final as my basic os, but from time to time i need to "code" some macros in only by windows supported applications.

    >>>2: As i mentioned above, i got ONE harddrive, with 4 partitions on:
    hda1: windows xp_pro (ntfs)
    hda2: boot (etx2)
    hda3: swap (etx3)
    hda4: root (reiserfs)

    if i got ur point right, then i have to say, that there are 2 different physical installations - namely windows xp (hda1 set active) and BT2final.
    And yes, i wanna vmware to cope with the second one: I am launching vmware out of BT2final to boot the physically (not virtually) installed windows xp_pro partition.

    meanwhile i changed from fat32 to ntfs for the windows partition and etx2 for BT2final, with the effect, that i dont get the "ntldr missing"-error anymore, but it still doesnt wanna boot.
    instead the screen stays black and some funky cursor movings are going on.

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