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Old 08-16-2004, 07:11 PM   #1
jtsai256
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Unhappy Error loading operating system for dual boot


I'm currently trying to do a dual boot system with Windows XP professional and some sort of Linux distribution.

I already reformatted my hard drive many times while using various linux distributions such as Mandrake, SuSE, and Knoppix. After determining that linux could work well on my system I decided to do a dual boot setup. The problem is, I keep getting an error that says: "Error loading operating system" once my system reboots after the first part of the Windows XP installation.

I'm thinking this has something to do with my MBR, but I don't know how to fix the problem. I have already tried using the Windows recovery mode and chkdsk, fixmbr, and fixboot. Is there anything else I can try? Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks for your help.
 
Old 08-16-2004, 07:20 PM   #2
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try this

http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux...w2k-HOWTO.html
Try reading this tutorial to use the windows boot loader before getting to grub or lilo.
 
Old 08-16-2004, 11:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, I do not have Windows installed and I can't seem to be able to do it. Therefore, I am unable to follow the directions given in the website. Is there anything else I can try? This is really giving me a big headache... Thanks for your help.
 
Old 08-16-2004, 11:49 PM   #4
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I finally found a solution. After doing a more extensive search, I came upon the following site:

http://www.linuxiso.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16373

Apparently there's a bug regarding Mandrakelinux 10 and Win XP dual boot setups. All I simply did was use a gentoo live cd to boot to prompt, and them use the following command:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1000 count=1000

Then I could setup Windows XP without a hitch.

Thanks for anyone out there who was helping me with this problem. I hope this solution works for others as well.

Last edited by jtsai256; 08-17-2004 at 12:30 AM.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 07:15 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by jtsai256
I finally found a solution. After doing a more extensive search, I came upon the following site:

http://www.linuxiso.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16373

Apparently there's a bug regarding Mandrakelinux 10 and Win XP dual boot setups. All I simply did was use a gentoo live cd to boot to prompt, and them use the following command:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1000 count=1000

Then I could setup Windows XP without a hitch.

Thanks for anyone out there who was helping me with this problem. I hope this solution works for others as well.
I have the same problem just like you. would you like to explain me what exactly you do. I suppose instal mandrake 10, and boot it from prompt, then write the following command.
 
  


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