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Old 10-04-2004, 02:23 AM   #1
darktalon96
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Help!! Bootloader wont load Windows!!


I'm almost at the point of flipping out right now.. I had Linux installed on my machine before, and my bootloader always loaded both windows and linux just fine. Now, I installed mandrake 10.1 cause I havent used linux in a while and wanted a new distro..

It WONT load windows xp.. the partition is there, havent changed it at all. When I choose windows, I get a black screen with messed up text and colored blocks all over it. I'm going crazy.. I've tried changing the bootloader and it still doesnt work... I cannot lose my windows partition, I have too many important files.. Please, somebody help.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 03:27 AM   #2
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If you installed a bootloader with Mdk, it overwrote the previous one, which might be causing the problem. If Mdk is your active Linux partition, post (in Mdk) the output of
Code:
cat /etc/lilo.conf
and tell us which partition Windows is on (hda1, hdb2, etc).

If you're using grub as a bootloader, I can't help you, but there are plenty of other people here who can.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 05:56 AM   #3
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There is a problem with Mandrake 10 and Fedora Core 2 (caused by the 2.6 kernel) which uses the partition table a little differently to windows - I had this exact same problem and it is fairly easy to resolve if it is what I think it is.

I know grub (I learned it because of this problem) so if you are using grub paste the output of /etc/grub.conf (or /boot/grub.conf depending on distro).

If it is the problem with the way the 2.6 kernel messes with the partition table it can be resolved by doing the following as root:

Code:
sfdisk -d /dev/hda | sfdisk --no-reread -H255 /dev/hda --force
I booted into a Knoppix live-CD to do this to make sure, just su to root and it will give you the correct access, and this only applies if you installed to bootloader to the MBR of hda.

I highly recommend pasting the contents of your lilo.conf or grub.conf file first before you try that though - even though it isn't damaging, It's worthwhile making sure if it isn't something much simpler.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 08:29 AM   #4
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Here is my lilo.conf output. I do not gave grub installed, but I did switch to it via the mandrake control panel at one point and I got the same errors with trying to load windows.



default="linux"
boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux"
root=/dev/hda5
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=nomount acpi=ht splash=silent"
vga=788
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux-nonfb"
root=/dev/hda5
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=nomount acpi=ht"
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="failsafe"
root=/dev/hda5
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="failsafe acpi=ht devfs=nomount"
read-only
other=/dev/hda1
label="windows"
table=/dev/hda
 
Old 10-04-2004, 07:15 PM   #5
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Bump.. seriously, I'm in trouble here..
 
Old 10-04-2004, 09:04 PM   #6
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try changing table=/dev/hda to root=/dev/hda

HTH

Mathew
 
  


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