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R4.5.x and Personal Edition on the same machine

Contributed by: Andrew Y.
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

If already have BeOS R4.5.x installed on a real partition, and then install BeOS 5 Personal Edition from within Windows, and boot as usual from bootman, you may find that the boot loader gets confused. You may see weird error messages from the media_server, the Deskbar going crazy, and more.

To circumvent this, hold down Spacebar as the boot icons begin to appear and select “boot volume,” “Personal Edition,” and “Continue booting.”

The long-term fix is to use the Installer app to upgrade your 4.5.x installation to BeOS 5, then uninstall Personal Edition from within Windows.

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