11-17-2009 11:03 AM
11-19-2009 09:34 AM
Setting up dual-boot without breaking the magic in the MBR and sector 0 is very iffy, as you have learned.
I've got some rambling (old) notes here (see "Partitioning"): Think Pad T61
I don't think there's any way to install Win 7 without killing the "think" button and the old-style R&R unless you are installing from Lenovo factory media. You probably can install Linux after
XP if you are careful but that doesn't get you Win 7.
Some good news is that the newest R&R - 4.3 - installs some kind of magic in the Win 7 partition so it can be booted via "think" without requiring a separate partition. No idea how. Some description of that in this thread: Re: T400 upgrade to Win7
Installing Linux after '7 and keeping "think" will be very touchy. I haven't tried that. There are ways to add Linux to the Microsoft boot loader in earlier Windows versions (google!) but that's way above my pay grade.
I'd recomment installing VMware Player 3 in Windows 7 and running Linux as a virtual client. I'm doing that now on my T400 will good success. ThinkPads are burly enough to run VMs with decent performance, particularly clients for which VMware Tools are available.
R40 XP Pro + Linux + Solaris, T43 XP Pro + Linux + Solaris, T61 XP Pro + Win 7 + VMs, T400 Win 7 Pro 64 + too many VMs to count, New T420 - a work in progress ... GeezBlog