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Old 05-16-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
LovingLinux
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Linux Dissaster, lost Vista


Hi Guys,

I just messed up my system. I had an ubuntu install that went wrong, now have working Suse 11 install. I deleted the partition with the Ubuntu install on then rebooted (planning to format deleted partition in Vista to NTFS) but now Vista wont boot.

I am using a boot loader, but it come up with an error.

I tried to redirect which drive booting from with no joy.

Please, please please, I need help now.

Waiting for a savior.....



I am online now and will reply with any more info you need.

Thanks
 
Old 05-16-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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you sure you didn't delete the vista partition by accident?
and it mighthelp if you posted the error that it gave you...
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Originally Posted by LovingLinux View Post
Hi Guys,

I just messed up my system. I had an ubuntu install that went wrong, now have working Suse 11 install. I deleted the partition with the Ubuntu install on then rebooted (planning to format deleted partition in Vista to NTFS) but now Vista wont boot.

I am using a boot loader, but it come up with an error.

I tried to redirect which drive booting from with no joy.

Please, please please, I need help now.

Waiting for a savior.....



I am online now and will reply with any more info you need.

Thanks

Last edited by cynicalpsycho; 05-16-2009 at 01:49 PM.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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I am using Suse 11's Yast2 Boot loader, I have been trying to edit it, and it has given me this error:

LILO version 22.7, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2005 John Coffman
Released 12-Apr-2005, and compiled at 02:37:29 on Jun 7 2008

raid_setup returns offset = 00000000 ndisk = 0
BIOS VolumeID Device
Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
pf_hard_disk_scan: ndevs=2
0810 52135692 /dev/sdb
0820 521356AA /dev/sdc
device codes (user assigned pf) = 0
device codes (user assigned) = 0
device codes (BIOS assigned) = 6
device codes (canonical) = 6
mode = 0x03, columns = 80, rows = 25, page = 0
Using MENU secondary loader
Calling map_insert_data
Secondary loader: 22 sectors (0x3C00 dataend).
Warning: The boot sector and map file are on different disks.
bios_boot = 0x80 bios_map = 0x82 map==boot = 0 map S/N: 52135692
Mapping message file /boot/message
Calling map_insert_file
Message: 835 sectors.
BIOS data check was okay on the last boot

Boot other: /dev/sdb1, on /dev/sdb, loader CHAIN
Mapped 6 (4+1+1) sectors.
Added windows_2

Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.5-1.1-pae
Setup length is 24 sectors.
Mapped 4161 sectors.
Mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.6.25.5-1.1-pae
RAM disk: 10734 sectors.
Added openSUSE

Fatal: stat /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
Removed temporary file /boot/map~


************
And I have no clue what this means
 
Old 05-16-2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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Vista is still there

I can see it from Suse Disk info
 
Old 05-16-2009, 01:53 PM   #5
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/dev/sda1
is this where your vista partition was?
 
Old 05-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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I can see it from Suse Disk info
then you can probably just use a rescue disk to fix the MBR. you did make a rescue disk for vista right?
 
Old 05-16-2009, 02:06 PM   #7
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I didnt make a vista recovery dis, dont knwo about that.

The location of my windows install is /dev/sdb1

----

When I try to boot I get the following message:

Boot BCD

Status 0XC0000225

Information: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data
 
Old 05-16-2009, 02:20 PM   #8
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I didnt make a vista recovery dis, dont knwo about that.

The location of my windows install is /dev/sdb1

----

When I try to boot I get the following message:

Boot BCD

Status 0XC0000225

Information: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data
you said earlier that you could see your windows partition from suse, can you see the files on there?

it sounds like you're using a bootloader that's looking for files though a linux that you deleted;
dev/sb1, since you deleted that link through your format, your bootloader can't find your OS.

and since you say you can find your OS and it's files through suse, then I assume that it's simply a matter of creating a windows rescue disk to repair windows original Master boot record and get your computer back to it's orginal pre linux state. ofcourse doing so would probably destroy your bootloader and get you into a state where you can access your win but not your linux... lol

look up google for downloading and creating a win vista rescue disk...

there may be a solution that doesn't involve you doing this... perhaps you can repair your boot record from your suse install... but I don't know how to do that.

Last edited by cynicalpsycho; 05-16-2009 at 02:22 PM.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 02:59 PM   #9
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In Opensuse, run the 'fdisk -l' command and post the output here so we can get an accurate view of your partitions.

Which partition is Opensuse on? Which partition did you try to install Ubuntu on? Vista is on sdb1? What went wrong with the Ubuntu install? Did you get any error message?

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Boot BCD
Status 0XC0000225
Information: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data
The error above is a windows bootloader error. BCDEdit is vista bootloader file, basically the equivalent of the boot.ini file in xp and earlier.

Quote:
Warning: The boot sector and map file are on different disks.
Did you notice the line above? You were trying to use Lilo to boot? I know with Grub you need to do map when windows is on second disk.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 03:02 PM   #10
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Forget it all. Start over.

Take your Vista's DVD and re-install. Only, partition with that in the size configuration.

Then, make the linux partition with the OS's isntaller.

Too much trouble...
 
Old 05-16-2009, 03:04 PM   #11
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 is an article on how to fix a boot problem with windows. Unfortunately you will need a windows install cd.
alternatively you can try this site

http://www.sysint.no/Nedlasting/MbrFix.htm
http://www.sysint.no/Nedlasting/MbrFix.zip

Last edited by Unmindfulawe; 05-16-2009 at 03:07 PM.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 05:28 PM   #12
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OK, I have been trying to recover with Windows rocovery stuff. Its strange it doesnt see the windows install, but allow me to browse the drive with the install to look for hard disk drivers. Males no sence.

The recovery just loops for ever I gave it two hours to have a good old look, but just gave up.

I dont want to re-install windows because I have lots of games installed and stuff in my docs that I dont want killed off.

I hate Microsoft for this, but also the damn Ubuntu installer that killed my MBR in the first place.

I have had various windows versions since 3.0 and they still cant recover a system worth a damn.

Microsoft sucks
 
Old 05-16-2009, 05:32 PM   #13
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 is an article on how to fix a boot problem with windows. Unfortunately you will need a windows install cd.
alternatively you can try this site

http://www.sysint.no/Nedlasting/MbrFix.htm
http://www.sysint.no/Nedlasting/MbrFix.zip

Thanks for this, but as mentioned above, the recovery does not see the existing windows install
 
Old 05-16-2009, 06:31 PM   #14
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get a copy of super grub

I suggest that you get a copy of super grub from distrowatch.com. Boot the super grub disk and follow instructions in the first line.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 07:44 PM   #15
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You said you could boot Opensuse, why not post the output of fdisk -l as I suggested earlier. Everything suggested so far is just guesswork because no one knows any specifics about your setup.

How many hard drives, 2?
How many partitions on each?
What is on each partition?
Did you have Opensuse installed prior to trying to install Ubuntu?
How were you booting this machine before? w/vista? Opensuse?
Again, what went wrong with the Ubuntu install? More specifics would likely get you more help.
You said you tried to re-direct which drive to boot from, in the BIOS?
Which drive is set to first boot priority in the BIOS? and which operating system(s) are on each drive? and which bootloader is installed in the mbr of each drive?
When you were trying to install Ubuntu, did you get to the end of the installation where you are asked about installing a bootloader? Did you click on the Advanced tab in the lower right to get the option to install to mbr or root partition?

Just isn't enough information to give you any realistic advice.
 
  


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