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How to dual boot XP and Linux Mint ‘Rosa’


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#1 rozzer

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 06:33 AM

Hi

Well I have finally managed to re-install XP Pro and all seems ok there, also
managed to cut an iso of Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa, verified it, booted up and
tested as a live install. However, during boot up a message appeared saying
probe failed it continued to load successfully and I tried all the available features
without a hitch, not sure how important that message is or what it means.
If I get the go ahead from here then I need to begin with the next phase which is
learning how to partition and install the Linux Mint Rosa disc.
The XP install has allowed me to open all my all XP docs and play all my old
Windows games which I am pleased about but need to get the Mint install done to
begin using the Internet again & set-up my mail programme.

mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: mint Kernel: 3.19.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Cinnamon 2.8.6 (Gtk 3.10.8~8+qiana)
Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine: Mobo: ASRock model: G41C-GS
Bios: American Megatrends v: P1.20 date: 06/01/2012
CPU: Dual core Pentium E5200 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 9972
clock speeds: max: 2493 MHz 1: 2493 MHz 2: 2493 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] bus-ID: 04:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.17.1 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV96
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.5.9 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.19.0-32-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: c800 bus-ID: 01:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: NA (-)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB temp: 41C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 2.0G used: 36M (2%) fs: overlay dev: N/A
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 63.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 46.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 148 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 378.0/3949.9MB
Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28
mint@mint ~ $

Speccy
Operating System Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
CPU Intel Pentium E5200 @ 2.50GHz 63 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-14)
Motherboard ASRock G41C-GS (CPUSocket) 43 °C
Graphics W2343 (1280x800@75Hz)
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT (Leadtek) 51 °C
Storage 931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB10C (SATA) 42 °C
Optical Drives TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-W162C
Audio VIA High Definition Audio

Hope you can help
Cheers

Edited by rozzer, 25 January 2016 - 06:34 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:08 AM

However, during boot up a message appeared saying probe failed


Did the message say anything else besides "probe failed"? For example, did it say ACPI PCC probe failed?

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:08 AM

Hi Al

No, just that 'probe failed' top left corner, then proceeded after about
3 seconds and loaded to desktop.

I will try to run it again and see if there is any other errors.

Edited by rozzer, 25 January 2016 - 09:12 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:26 PM

No, just that 'probe failed' top left corner, then proceeded after about 3 seconds and loaded to desktop.


The "ACPI PCC probe failed" is a known, and mostly innocuous error message AFAIK. It's related to nVidia graphics too, so I would have thought that was the message you are seeing. I get that for a few seconds on my computer with 64 bit Linux distros before they proceed to boot to desktop.

But I have never heard of a message that just says "probe failed," so unfortunately I have no idea what the issue might be.

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 06:46 PM

I think your next step would be to confirm what kind, and how many XP partitions there are?  If there are Four Primary then Linux will not install, and one will need to be deleted.  This could be a drawback for some that want to keep a Recovery Partition if it is indeed present, or some of the OEM Tool Partitions.  Here is how to look at partitions in XP, then get a screen shot of it all if you like.  If you have Four Partitions then you might need to Click on each to see what kind they are if they don't already say.  Sometimes they are hidden.

http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=305

 

If you want to do it Linux Style Copy Paste this into Terminal during a LinuxLiveSession and post the outcome.

sudo parted -l

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:12 PM

I think your next step would be to confirm what kind, and how many XP partitions there are?  If there are Four Primary then Linux will not install, and one will need to be deleted.  This could be a drawback for some that want to keep a Recovery Partition if it is indeed present, or some of the OEM Tool Partitions.  Here is how to look at partitions in XP, then get a screen shot of it all if you like.  If you have Four Partitions then you might need to Click on each to see what kind they are if they don't already say.  Sometimes they are hidden.
http://support.wdc.com/KnowledgeBase/answer.aspx?ID=305
 
If you want to do it Linux Style Copy Paste this into Terminal during a LinuxLiveSession and post the outcome.

sudo parted -l

 

How is looking at partitions going to solve that problem?

 

 

The "ACPI PCC probe failed" is a known, and mostly innocuous error message AFAIK. It's related to nVidia graphics too, so I would have thought that was the message you are seeing. I get that for a few seconds on my computer with 64 bit Linux distros before they proceed to boot to desktop.

I bet its a Nvidia error too, The OP is using a Nvidia card.

Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] bus-ID: 04:00.0

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:28 PM

I don't understand Nick, he said the desktop loaded, no problems after that.  If not then can use nomodeset and install drivers.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:01 PM

I think your next step would be to confirm what kind, and how many XP partitions there are?


I don't see how that could possibly have anything to do with the issue in question.

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:48 PM

 

 

If I get the go ahead from here then I need to begin with the next phase which is 
learning how to partition and install the Linux Mint Rosa disc. 

I don't see why it would not be good to warn the OP as to the next step as I've seen people try this and damage things.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 08:50 PM

 

Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa, verified it, booted up and
tested as a live install

If its running Live just ignore the error.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:56 AM

Hi Al, pcpunk and NickAu

I stand corrected, there is an error.
First there is a white screen in the top left hand corner where, for a few brief moments
an assortment of numbers followed by ACP1 PCC Probe failed appears, it continues
to load and then another terminal type window appears with just Probe Failed I actually
missed the first error earlier as it was so quick.



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Edited by rozzer, 26 January 2016 - 12:57 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:01 AM

Hi Rozzer

 

Please read this.

https://askubuntu.com/questions/584248/boot-error-acpi-pcc-probe-failed


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:15 AM

Hi Nick

Thanks, read the article and I think I should continue with the
install.
I will proceed with getting info on the partitions re-pcpunk

Thanks again

Edited by rozzer, 26 January 2016 - 01:16 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:34 AM

Ok


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:46 AM

I don't understand Nick, he said the desktop loaded, no problems after that.  If not then can use nomodeset and install drivers.

 

If there's no issues after the desktop has loaded, then there's no need to fix anything. :)

 

I've seen the same on at least a couple of my computers, both with nVidia GPU's, yet other than seeing the error, there's no performance issues, in fact have ran the Phoronix Test suite via Terminal, all is OK. Depending on computer, this is a 20-60 minute test & it'll be stressed, there's a .deb package & tar.gz to choose from, took the easy way out & installed the .deb package. Though I really need to practice opening & using tar.gz packages. It can also completely installed & ran from the Terminal. It's available for most brand of OS's, though don't see Android in the list. Meaning it can be used for XP also. I'm positive this will crash if there's not enough RAM or benchmark with a very low score if there's graphics issues. Test will open & run in Terminal, where one must agree with the simple Terms & Conditions, no big deal.

 

http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/

 

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PhoronixTestSuite

 

On the other hand, if there are performance & other issues, this issue needs to be addressed ASAP. This is one tool to use to see how a system performs, others here may have ran the very same testing suite, seems to have been popular for years. :)

 

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