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Old 06-02-2004, 03:46 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help ! Mandrake Linux9 has formatted my PC !


Hi there!
My PC has both Mandrake Linux9 and Windows 2000.
It was all fine, until I tried discovering Console Login after that the login box appears with many users such as games and others, and I had to use startkde to get into the GUI.
So I ried to edit my boot configuration and chaged it from hda1 to hda5.
Then I reboot the computer, but an error messege saying that the Display Adapter-as I recall- has an error .
Once the computer starts, there was no Linux no Windows no LILO !!
Just a black screen with the word 9a 9a all over it
I tried using Windows Me and XP start up disks but they could not recognize any driver and gave me the message NO NTLDR.

So, do you think I lost all my data ? Should I install a new OS?
 
Old 06-02-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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I doubt you lost your data ..I think you just messed up the bootloader..you need a linux boot disk ..and change your boot loader back..to what it was before..I think..google for bootdisk
 
Old 06-02-2004, 07:45 PM   #3
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you can boot from you mdk installation cd 1, press F1 for boot options and in the prompt type: 'rescue' (without quotes)
then, choose 'reinstall boot loader' or 'restore windows boot loader', whichever you want.

Hope this helps

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Old 06-02-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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or boot to the windows cd..... chose system revocery... then type the commands:

FIXMBR

and

FIXBOOT
 
Old 06-03-2004, 07:16 AM   #5
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I tried Reinstall boot loader but now insted of dialplaying 9a 9a.. now it diaplays L then99999999999999999999999999999999999..
I also tried Restoe Windows bootloader on both hda and hda5 but both gave me the same array of 999....

And trying to install Windows gave me a blue screen b
 
Old 06-03-2004, 08:30 AM   #6
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I inadvertently messed up my boot loader (I was dual booting W2000 and Mandrake) and I got the same thing...999999. I tried to reinstall Mandrake and all the restrore options noted below, I coudn't fix it. I also couldn't reinstall W2K. I installed W98 just to get something going and W2K was still there.
 
Old 06-03-2004, 09:29 AM   #7
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Sounds bad. another advice:
Reinstall mandk without formatting your hd. When asked about what kind of installtion you want, select upgrade, after the update proccess is done, you'll be asked about update the boot loader as well, choose to install lilo on MBR

good luck
 
Old 06-03-2004, 11:52 AM   #8
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RockmanExe, I already did that and it worked ! BUT

I then tried to remove Mandrake by deleting its partition using Partition
Magic 7. Well, Patition Magic did its work and restarted the computer. Again the same 99999 thing came up.

I tried repairing the windows installation. I choosed repair using Emergency Disk and let Windows to detect the files and it fixed one file, but I still have the 9999 !

Also I have tried FIXBOOT but it did nothing. When I tried FIXMBR, it prompt me that I might loose my partitions because there is an error in "boot something". Should I try this ? I don't want to loose my data.
What other commands that can fix this ?

THANX TO ALL
 
Old 06-03-2004, 12:15 PM   #9
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that's just a fixmbr's warning, and it's safe to answer 'yes' to start mbr's recovering process. Is the only thing left for you before reinstalling windows and linux from scratch, and i can assure you it will work.
retry FIXMBR

Cheers

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Old 06-03-2004, 03:05 PM   #10
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Thank you RockmanExe and all, FIXMBR worked like magic !!
Windows 2000 drives me nuts because of using 4 startup disks.Just wondering..is it possible to create a bootable 2000 cd ?...With SP-4?


:0)
 
Old 06-03-2004, 03:28 PM   #11
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Ok I just search and found plenty of articles for making a bootable Win2k with sp integrated.

THANX again to you all.
 
Old 06-03-2004, 05:49 PM   #12
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Excellent!! another happy customer
 
  


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