Trouble Setting Up Dual-Boot System ME/XP

Posted on 2004-11-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am trying to make a dual-boot system, I already have WinME installed (clean) on the system and want to install XP using Partition Commander 9 and System Commander PE

Athlon 3000+
Abit NF7-S2G (v12)
(single) WD SATA 120GB HD (using SATA)
512MB DDR400 Crucial RAM
Chaintech GeForce 5700LE Video

Problem is, that when I attempt to run PC9, I reboot as directed, but get the following message after rebooting: "unable to start Partition Commander: The problem relates to No FAT32 compatible in the MultiFAT."

If I try to run System Commander, when I reboot, SC starts, but I only have a prompt for the A:drive for a system disk (nothing else is listed). I have to reboot using the ME boot disk and run fdisk /mbr to be able to get back into windows. I am mainly concerned with getting Sytem Commander to work, so I can install XP. Please lend me a hand!
Question by:kclem
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    Why bother? Two partitions - fdisk. ME (first) on C, XP on whats left. Will generally be E if you have 1 cdrom. XP will set up dual boot. Simple. If you must retain the current ME installation. use Partition Magic, but by the time it finishes, you would have just about done the new install after fdisking.

    Chris B
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    OK I'm awake now. SATA rather complicates matters. Sorry.

    Chris B

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    I had finally decided to go ahead and install XP. I initially didn't know about XP having a dual-boot capacity (DOH!). I did know about the SATA driver-F6 at setup. Got it going, even though it took awhile to get the audio on the built-in sound to work. I consider this question closed (500 points to me!?) ;)
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