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Old 09-29-2003, 03:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy heLP IM GUILTY


I recently installed mandrake linux 9.1 on my friends computer only to find that when I booted into windows xp pro we had an error that said UNMOUNTABLE-BOOT or something like that. I tried safe mode etc. but I can't get it to work. Linux loads fine though. PLEEZ help coz its not even my computer!
 
Old 09-29-2003, 05:27 AM   #2
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Did you install linux over the xp partition?
Fire up cfdisk to see if the win partition is still there (and bootable) and if it is add a correct entry in lilo.conf for it. Something like:
other=/dev/hde1
label=windows
table=/dev/hde

If thats already there and correct where did you install lilo?
Can you paste the output of cfdisk for the drive that supposedly has the windows partition?
 
Old 09-29-2003, 06:06 AM   #3
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Could you please be a little more specific? In particular, had your friend a free partition, or did you in fact create one? If so, did you run a defragmentation program on the xp partition prior to downsizing it? Do you use LILO or GRUB? Please post ...
 
Old 09-29-2003, 06:30 AM   #4
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I used 4 gigs of free space on the windows partition to install linux and i didn't defragment it before hand. I used LILO as the bootloader. Windows appears on the menu. It is only when It gets to the windows loading screen that that message appears.
 
Old 09-29-2003, 06:37 AM   #5
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Okay, that doesn't rule out, that you overwrote something during repartitioning, but for now I think m0rl0ck was right on track ... please post the result of his suggestions (and a partition table).
 
Old 09-29-2003, 06:38 AM   #6
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Oooh dear! If you 'resize' a Windows partition without defragging it first you can quite easily lose lots of things. Since the data that was on the physical part of the drive that you have now assigned to Linux has been removed and overwritten, I don't imagine it'll be too easy to get it back again!
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:02 AM   #7
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Can I reinstall windows again?
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:03 AM   #8
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I don's mind too much if that data is lost. all i want is to be able to boot into windows. and could someone please explain how to do the things that m0rl0ck suggessted because i am a newbie and i dont have a clue. sorry!
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:14 AM   #9
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If I do reinstall windows can i do it without uninstalling linux or is there some way of changing partitions back to how they were with the partition table that I was asked to save during setup?
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:15 AM   #10
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Uiiiih .... well. Now.

Yes, in principle you can install. Before you do, you might want to check for a repair(?) / recovery(?) / rescue(?) CD, maybe there is a chance to do it without a comprehensive reinstall (dunno, I don't use xp).

m0rl0ck's suggestions:

(Under Linux)

login as root
open a shell
type cfdisk
read the output and post it here.

search for the file lilo.conf and post it here
compare with the given suggestions.



Good luck

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Stay calm ... your questions come faster than I can answer .
You can certainly keep Linux if you want to. I do not know what functionality Microsoft assigned to its boot process, so I do not know, what it can restore ...

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Old 09-29-2003, 07:36 AM   #11
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Me oh my,

They still warn you before using partition resizing tools dont they? Now you know why.

Repartition and reinstall the lot mate
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:15 PM   #12
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How can I repartition the hard drive from linux? Please tell me step ny step
 
Old 09-29-2003, 07:34 PM   #13
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i've had that problem with windows, u can try this this and it will allow windows to boot but at the expense of you losing your dual boot. however u will probly be able to boot linuxfrom floppy and once in linux reconfigure lilo/grub.

-run windows recovery console (need xp cd to boot from)
-from dos prompt type 'chkdsk'
-then type 'fixboot'

u'll get a message warning u that if u can already boot windows then this a bad idea, but since u can't then u have to do this and write a new boot record

-windows will boot but say bye to linux for now. In my experience this has always led to instabilities so get data saved and start again
 
  


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