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Old 11-23-2003, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question I can't start Win XP due to disk error after RH9 instalation !


I was running xp without any problems on my primary hard disk (80GB) until I decided to install RH9 on secondary hard drive (30GB) with 2 ext3 partitions ( / , /boot ) and swap partition.

During RH9 setup I was given a message:

Unable to align partition properly. This probably means that another
partitioning tool generated an incorrect partition table, because it didn't have the correct BIOS geometry. It is safe to ignore,but ignoring may cause
(fixable) problems with some boot loaders.
Ignore/Cancel?

I have chosen to ignore. The rest of the installation process was correct - after partitioning I have chosen not to install bootloader. I created bootdisk.

When I tried to boot Win XP , I was given a message:

A disk error occurred
press ctrl+alt+del to restart

I tried fixboot and fixmbr from windows rescue console - no results.

What's going on ?? How to fix this "fixable" problem ??
Can someone help me ??

Sorry for my English - it's grammar is still mystery to me.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 07:52 PM   #2
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Re: I can't start Win XP due to disk error after RH9 instalation !

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Originally posted by sydzmizaar
A disk error occurred
press ctrl+alt+del to restart

I tried fixboot and fixmbr from windows rescue console - no results.
Hmmm ... can you boot into RH and
copy and paste the output of
fdisk -l /dev/hda (assuming this is your first HDD with windows)
fdisk -l /dev/hdb (assuming this is your second HDD with RH)
please?

Also the contents of /etc/grub.conf



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Old 11-23-2003, 08:15 PM   #3
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Tinkster info that need:

Disk /dev/hda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 1244 9989752+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 1244 9729 68157936 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 1244 5487 34077424+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6 5487 9729 34080448+ 7 HPFS/NTFS


Disk /dev/hdb: 30.0 GB, 30020272128 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3649 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 14 1925 15358140 83 Linux
/dev/hdb3 1926 1990 522112+ 82 Linux swap

There is no /etc/grub.conf !!!!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 08:27 PM   #4
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Did you chose Lilo, then, as a boot-loader?
/etc/lilo.conf
?

/me doesn't use RH, thus doesn't know whether you have the option :)


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Old 11-23-2003, 11:40 PM   #5
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Hi

Try using a WinXP boot disk and then try changing the "boot.ini" file to point the Windows XP bootloader to
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Change the italicized 1 in the above line to 5. Try some other values like 2, 3, 4 or something. It denotes the partition XP should try and locate the ntldr file.

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Old 11-24-2003, 04:35 AM   #6
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Tinkster: No! I didn't. I decided not to install any boot-loader. I thought it will be safer.

I'm booting into linux from (floppy) boot-disk, when this disk is not inserted, it tries to boot from primary hard disk and this is when I get this disk error message....

Somebody .......... HELP ME !!!
 
  


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