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Old 06-24-2006, 11:08 PM   #1
chrisblair7
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Can't boot operating system


I tried to run a dual boot linux system, Microsoft XP and RedHat, but I never was able to understand linux so I recently downloaded a free partition manager, either Partion Magic or something sounding similar, and deleted the linux partition and then resized the Windows partition. Now when I boot my computer I cannot get into Windows. After rebooting I am taken to a screen that says:

GRUB version 0.93 (640k lower/1045952k upper memory)

[Minimal BASH-Like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.]

grub> _

Can anyone help me and tell me what to do in order to be able and boot windows.
 
Old 06-24-2006, 11:22 PM   #2
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Grub

Hi,

It seems that your GRUB 2nd stage bootloader was overwritten. When GRUB installs it overwrites the MBR with its initial program loader (IPL) by default and writes the second stage to the /boot directory or partition. Your MBR is intact but the IPL can't locate your second stage loader. These problems are quite difficult to recover from.

If you just want your Windows installation, boot up your system with a windows installation CD in rescue mode and reinstall the MS bootloader to the MBR. If that doesn't work then reinstall windows (recovering your old installation).

good luck!
 
Old 06-24-2006, 11:43 PM   #3
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Boot from the windows XP CD, press the "R" key in the setup in order to start the restoration console. Select your windows XP installation from the list, and enter the administrator password.
Enter the command: "FIXMBR" (without the quotes) at the input prompt and confirm the next question with a "Y" (without the quotes). Use exit to restore the computer.
 
Old 06-24-2006, 11:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply I will try to do it right now.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 12:07 AM   #5
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Thanky you for your help now I can boot windows just fine.
 
Old 06-25-2006, 12:10 AM   #6
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glad it worked.
 
  


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