I'm not trying a dual boot. I plan to retire XP once I've picked a Windows version to replace it or have found that I can successfully get Linux to replace it for ALL my gaming needs. At the moment, I haven't figured out how to get Windows XP set up with AHCI and don't really care to, so I'm swapping my boot drives as follows:
- 1 for Windows XP
- 1 for Ubuntu
- 1 for Zorin OS 8 Gaming
- 1 for Windows 8.1 Enterprise
and changing BIOS back to IDE when I put the Windows XP boot SSD back in. Each OS is installed on its own Drive that is not physically in the computer unless that OS is the one I want to boot from.
I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on the 320GB hard drive I had laid out for my tests on it. After it completed the installation, it attempted to reboot, but it failed to start back up (I have no idea why), so I stuck Windows XP back in so that I could play some games and it went to some menu talking about "grub recovery" or something like that. I've found two threads talking about why I'm getting that error, but now I can't get back to that.
At this point, it tells me that I need to insert the proper boot media. Windows XP is the only disk with an OS in the computer and pressing "Shift" as explained in another thread (How to get to the GRUB menu at boot-time, on a single-boot system (not dual-boot)?) isn't working to get me into Grub.
So I have two questions:
- Why am I having problems booting into Ubuntu?
- Why am I having problems booting into XP?