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Old 11-11-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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NTLDR is missing.


Hi there, I recently installed Fedora on a secondary hard drive and am having trouble booting back into Windows. I have my grub.conf file configured correctly (I think) but when I choose to go to windows XP from the GRUB loader, it tells me "NTLDR is missing, press Ctrl+alt+delete".

Naturally, I searched up on what that message meant, and some websites reccomended doing a repair installation of Windows, or using the FIXBOOT command from the recovery console. However, when I insert my windows setup CD, it tells me "Setup is determining hardware configuration" then goes to a black screen and hangs.

I have attempted to install NTFS drivers on my Fedora installation, so that I may attempt to replace the NTLDR and windows boot files manually, but given my lack of experience with the operating system, I cannot figure out how to properly extract the files to a folder where they will function properly.

I'm at a loss for what to do now, any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 11-11-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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What does your grub.conf look like ?
 
Old 11-11-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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What does your grub.conf look like ?
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/sda
default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Fedora Core (2.6.18-1.2798.fc6)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.img
title Other
rootnoverify (sdb0,0)
chainloader +1
title Windows XP


map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
root (hd1,0)
makeactive

chainloader +1
 
Old 11-11-2006, 05:06 PM   #4
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That's a Windoze message - grub has done it's job, and handed over to the boot sector record on your Windoze partition.
At a guess I'd say you have a vendor partition first, then your "real" Windows partition. Try updating your grub.conf to use "root (hd1,1)".
 
Old 11-12-2006, 02:15 AM   #5
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That's a Windoze message - grub has done it's job, and handed over to the boot sector record on your Windoze partition.
At a guess I'd say you have a vendor partition first, then your "real" Windows partition. Try updating your grub.conf to use "root (hd1,1)".

Hmm, no, it told me that no such partition exists. I think I have the boot loader set up properly, but this NTLDR thing is really aggravating me.
 
Old 11-12-2006, 03:36 AM   #6
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Let's see the output of "fdisk -l" (that's an ell - and a think Fedora doesn't set the paths up correctly; do it as root).
 
Old 11-12-2006, 03:42 AM   #7
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When u boot the windows cd, can you press F8, I think to get to the cmd prompt, before anything else starts. If you can, you will need to type in the Admins password and then try running the fixboot /mbr or whatever it is.
 
Old 11-12-2006, 04:49 AM   #8
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Let's see the output of "fdisk -l" (that's an ell - and a think Fedora doesn't set the paths up correctly; do it as root).

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14 38913 312464250 8e Linux LVM

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 24320 195350368+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
You have new mail in /var/spool/mail/root



Sdb 1 is the hard drive Im trying to get to.
 
  


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