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Old 05-25-2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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error reading operating system


hello,

I have installed mandrake 10.0 on a partition that was too small. (my error)

as I was in a loop that I could not get out, I restart my PC.

now I have a error message saying error reading operating system.

is anyone can help me.

thanks

Yvan
 
Old 05-25-2004, 12:11 PM   #2
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download knoppix

www.knoppix.net ( i think, or try linuxiso.org)

then boot that up from the cd, open a terminal and type in "fdisk /dev/hda" (if hda is your primary linux harddrive"

then delete your mandrake partition

if you have windows on there also, you have to use a windows boot disk and at the dos prompt (if u get one), type in "fdisk /mbr"

this will then format the mbr to let you boot windows, then reinstall mandrake, if you so desire
 
Old 05-25-2004, 01:14 PM   #3
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thank you sir,

then how can i do this back home, where my PC isn't working?
is there any fdisk program that I could copy on a floppy and use?

any other suggestion is welcomed.

Yvan
 
Old 05-25-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
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fdisk is part of the knoppix distro so if you follow the advice above you can use that to sort out your partitions.
 
Old 05-25-2004, 02:34 PM   #5
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Hello Komaniko,

If i follow your logic, then, how do i get to the internet and then download this huge file, if i am not able to load any operating system?

This is why I was asking for a small program that I could put on a floppy, carrying it in my pocket from work and use it on my home PC.

So i guess my real question is where can i get fdisk and download it.
I couldn't find it with google.

Thank you,

Yvan
 
Old 05-25-2004, 03:16 PM   #6
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if all you want to do is delete your partitions, you can download a windows bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
and put it on a floppy, then boot from the floppy and fdisk will be on there
 
Old 05-26-2004, 06:16 AM   #7
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error loading oprating system

hello,

i tried fdisk and make the first partition active.
it still does the same message "error loading operating system"

i was able to boot from cd window 2000 pro, and have done fixmbr.

i still have the same message.

should i do fixboot?

thank you
 
Old 05-26-2004, 06:45 AM   #8
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if u dont have anything you need to save on your linux partitions, you might just want to reinstall, that might be the best thing to do
 
  


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