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I installed SuSE 9.1 personal, and decided to switch back to windows (heh). I couldn't get the XP disc to boot. I put the hard drive in another computer and used windows disk manager to format the drive. I put it back in and the gnu grub 0.95 command prompt-thingy came up (also, it still wont boot from the XP cd). Since there is nothing else on the hard drive, i cant really do anything. Is there any way to get the gnu grub thing wiped off the drive?
p.s. the cd is not the problem because i tried two cds, and disk doctored one that was scratched to make sure.
Sounds like you still have part of grub written to the MBR. Try putting the disk back into the other computer, then run fixmbr (I beleive that's the XP command to write to the MBR). Older versions of windows used fdisk -mbr.
There is a simple fix, just boot you computer with a Windows XP disk. When asked what you want to do choose R for repair.
This will get you to a C:> prompt. From there type FIXMRB. This will overwrite the MBR and allow you to install windows once you have rebooted.
Originally posted by NEONLUG vectordrake - Your BIOS will need to know to look to boot from the CD-Rom prior to the Hard Disk. (Some system allow you to press F8, F12 or something simular to choose your boot device.)
Once that your system will try to boot from the CD the Windows XP disk ask you to hit any key to bood from CD.
Once the setup program starts it will ask why you want to do, Install, Repaid, etc...
Choose R for Repair. Then follw what I mention in my previous post.
I don't need to know how to do this. musserplayer, however, does. If the problem is BIOS boot order, then your answer is the right one. Can we all wait for the original poster to reply so we can find out if this is the problem? Otherwise, there will be another solution. I don't think enough questions have been asked for an answer to be properly formed yet. Thanks anyway.