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Old 05-14-2004, 05:49 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help!! Dual booting xp and Mandrake 8.2


Help!!!!! Please!!!!!

I am a new Linux user. I have a system with 2 operating system one is xp one is mandrake 8.2. I installed 8.2 last and the system came with xp. Everything was working fine until I reinstalled 8.2 after accidently fromatting its partition. Now I have really messed things up. I can only get into the linux os and can not get into xp. There is a gui with a picture and four options (3 for linux one for nt) and when selecting the nt option it comes up with another i guess bootloader and coninues to reload itself every time you try to select the nt os. But it will load the linux os. I really need some help here because I can not loose the dat in the xp os. Pleeeeeese help me!!!!!!

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-14-2004, 06:03 PM   #2
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Could you post the contents of /etc/lilo.conf? Try:
Code:
less /etc/lilo.conf
 
Old 05-14-2004, 06:26 PM   #3
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boot=/dev/hda1

map=/boot/map

install=/boot/boot.b

vga=normal

default=NT

keytable=/boot/us.klt

lba32

prompt

nowarn

timeout=100

message=/boot/message

menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw

other=/dev/fd0

label=floppy

unsafe

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label=linux

root=/dev/hda5

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="quiet devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi"

vga=788

read-only

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label=linux-nonfb

root=/dev/hda5

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi"

read-only

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label=failsafe

root=/dev/hda5

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="failsafe devfs=nomount hdc=ide-scsi"

read-only

other=/dev/hda1

label=NT

table=/dev/hda


here you are. I hope it helps.
 
Old 05-14-2004, 09:11 PM   #4
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I don't see anything wrong here. I would think that the first line should read boot=/dev/hda instead and that the labels should have quotation marks, but neither seems to be a problem since Linux is loading fine. Since you installed Windows first, it is probably on /dev/hda1, but maybe you could check it nevertheless. Otherwise, unless somebody else here can help you (I am no guru, believe me), I would suggest that you get your hands on a DOS boot floppy and re-write the mbr. Sorry I couldn't be of more (or any) help.
 
  


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