Asus M5A97Evo m/b
8G Kingston 1600 DDR3
90G OCZ Vertex 3 SSD with win7 and Fedora14
1TB whirlygig Seagate with XP, a large NTFS "dump" partition, and FC16
Asus SATA DVDRW
No floppy :-(
Now that SSDs have gotten to be (only just!) affordable - 90G is enough for a dualboot win/linux setup - I've built myself up a new box from scratch with the above bits to get to experience SATA3 whizziness - and yes, wow! : the 15second functioning 7 desktop!
I've got win7 and FC14 (my preferred linux - don't much like the MACishness of FC16 or Ubuntu Ocelot etc) booting fine off the 90G SSD - with its GRUB to let me choose between them also working fine.
So the whizzy SSD disk's MBR/GRUB and two OSs are working fine when that drive is set as first boot device in the BIOS.
I did a "Rescue re-install/overwrite" of an older XP OS on the whirlygig 1TB Seagate (one still occasionally needs XP) - after, of course, having to connect that drive (and the optical DVDRW) to IDE ports - ie to connect it to one of ports4-8 which I'd set as IDE in the BIOS.
Without setting them to IDE the XP install CD wouldn't recognise any storage devices or previous installations and the Rescue overwrite couldn't/wouldn't work.
And, of course, I have reinstalled drivers, antivirus etc etc as needed
So XP and FC16 are now booting up fine from the GRUB on the 1TB whirlydrive when I set that drive as the first hdd in the boot sequence in the BIOS.
But what I want to do is to put an entry into the 90G SSD's MBR/GRUB to let me boot XP (and FC16) from that GRUB as well as 7 and FC14 - which as I say, are booting fine.
ie I'm trying to set up a quadboot system - which I've had/got working fine on an older (SATA2) computer.
But when I put the entry for XP into the SSD's GRUB (pointing to the whirlygig drive's OSs - [hd1,0] for XP (and [blahblah hd1,3] for Fedora16) - and try and boot XP it just comes up with "There was a disk read error Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".
Which would suggest that XP is back to not being able to read the SATA3connected whirlydrive
And yet, as I say, when the whirly drive is selected as first hdd in the BIOS both of its OSs boot fine
So how do I get XP to be "seen"/bootable off the SSDs MBR/GRUB???
TIA very much for any ideas!