I think my recovery partition is causing problems with dual booting…

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hello, i downgraded my HP DV6408nr from vista to xp but left the recovery partition untouched. i then tried to install ubuntu and to get it to work along side with xp, problem is that after installing ubuntu, XP did not appear in the boot loader menu. i only had ubuntu and vista... not surprisingly, when i picked vista i got an error message and nothing loaded. the only way i could thing of to bring xp back is to boot with the xp install cd and to delete the ubuntu partition, that got everything to the way it used to be. now, i want to give ubuntu (or maybe some other distro) another chance. but what can i do to stop the same problem from repeating ? am i right to suspect that the vista recovery partition is the cause for the problem (i formated the entire drive except that partition priot to installing xp/ubuntu) ? can i delete it ? should i ? thanks a lot to anyone who can help :)

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No, vista / xp partition did not make problem here ! I have a computer at hoem, where I installed XP; Windows 7; Fedora 14 and SLES 11 (for R & D purpose) on a same HDD capacity 320 GB and they all r work fine. when I first installed, I got the same problem as u mentioned here ! the main cause is ChainLoader error. U have to install them sequentially like 1st install XP; then Vista and lastly Ubuntu (if it is server, then very good). After that Ubuntu may the default boot and the two r as “Other” or “Windows” label. Now check the file called “/boot/grub/menu.lst” and observe the line like that….
title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0)
chainloader (hd0,0)+1
Remember, the digits may change according to ur scenario. If u have only one hdd then the 1st line is same. If there is nothing like in menu.lst then u have to add these lines manually.

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  • Sixball
    I agree w/ Rechil - the recovery partititon isn't part of your problem. However, a lot of folks will go ahead and create a hard-copy recovery Disc and eliminate the recovery partition to be able to utilize the HDD space...
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