Could offer some insight in to this problem? I'm posting this after
two days of tracking down many posts on the subject, for example
Trying to install Fedora core3 on to an IBM T42 notebook that
has (had?) windows XP installed. My new laptop that used to run with
WXP boots neither.
I used QtParted on SystemRescueCd V0.2.15 to resize the NTFS (windows)
partition. I then used DISK druid manually to create new partitions as
part of the FC3 installation process. And then stubmled into the
FC3/WXP mess. The only message is "GRUB Loading Stage2..."
Booting up with my KNOPPIX 3.7 disk I was able run fdisk and get
a partition table.
Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5168 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 1664 12579808+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 4549 5168 4687200 12 Compaq diagnostics
/dev/hda3 1665 3051 10485720 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 3052 4548 11317320 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 3052 3119 514048+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda6 3120 4548 10803208+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
and sfdisk yields
# partition table of /dev/hda
/dev/hda1 : start= 63, size= 25159617, Id= 7, bootable
/dev/hda2 : start= 68765760, size= 9374400, Id=12
/dev/hda3 : start= 25159680, size= 20971440, Id=83
/dev/hda4 : start= 46131120, size= 22634640, Id= f
/dev/hda5 : start= 46131183, size= 1028097, Id=82
/dev/hda6 : start= 47159343, size= 21606417, Id= c
I could also see files on the various partitions. For example
my grub.conf looks like
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd0,2)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Linux (FC3) (2.6.9-1.667)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
title windows XP
Looks to me that this is pointing to the correct partitions.
from my Knoppox disk I tried
sudo /sbin/sfdisk -d /dev/hda |sudo sfdisk --no-read -H240 /dev/hda
also with the --force option.
Tried to reboot...NADA
An interesting wrinkle is that IBM no longer ships a restore CD.
Instead they provide a restoration partition on the disk which is
great unless your MBR is having trouble. Tried to use a WXP CD from
my desktop machine. In hopes of restoring the MBR. Got as far as the
question about administrator password, but the admin password I set on
the T42 is not recognized. I'm told I can call IBM and request one.
Is this my only option at this point?
thanks so much!