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Re: booting an XP partition via qemu --enable-kvm

From: Joel Roth
Subject: Re: booting an XP partition via qemu --enable-kvm
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:25:05 -1000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

The subject should say "booting an XP partition *image*".

On the GRUB Legacy Wiki, I find this article which appears
to be helpful.

I will write if I have more questions.  
Thanks for your attention.

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 10:17:34PM -1000, Joel Roth wrote:
> Hi all,
> First, thanks for opening your list to the whole
> world's questions.
> I'd like to troubleshoot an XP partition image.
> First, I copied it with dd:
>    dd if=/dev/hda1 of=xp_partition
> Now I would like to boot it:
>    qemu --enable-kvm  -hda xp_partition
> This displays the SEA BIOS line, then hangs at "Booting from Hard Disk".
> What I imagine is that BIOS transfers controls to the boot
> record, however no boot loader is present, and there is
> no partition table.
> Most of my recent experience is with grub-legacy; that would
> be my preferred boot loader.  I know that GRUB is quite
> flexible, and will probably do what I want if I can
> install/configure it properly.
> Can someone give me a couple pointers:
> 0) Is it practical to do what I'm attempting? (does anyone
>    know if XP will even boot this way?)
> 1) how to install a boot loader in the boot record
>    of the partition image
> 2) how to get the boot loader to look for its files in the 
>    partition image's file system
> 3) how to adjust to the disk image having no partition table.
>    Do I treat this partition image like a floppy disk image?
> Thanks for your interest.
> Regards
> -- 
> Joel Roth

Joel Roth

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