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I have a dual boot system with Windows XP and Fedora Core 1 on separate hard drives.
Windows begins to load...and then the entire box restarts. Linux runs fine.
I have tried a few of the suggestions I have found here, none of them worked.
These suggestions mostly entailed editing grub boot commands....boot commands is that what they're called? I don't know. Because I'm a complete n00b.
I can't even figure out how to alter the /boot/grub/grub.conf from within linux.
Anyway I have to get the Doze back. I can't not.
If you can't offer any help on the grub issue...please tell me how to go back to strictly a Windows box.
Any help is deeply appreciated.
The way a starving junkie appreciates a turkey with stuffed with heroin.
By the way I will answer your questions in this thread as I will be checking back here every 7 minutes.
I'm a total junkie for my computer, including windows, and I don't know how to work the needle.
For your peace of mind, getting back the windows box is normally no problem.
Take your Windows XP CD and boot from it (this might require you to first change a setting in BIOS). When the CD boots it will offer you the option to start a recovery console. Choose that. You will be asked an administrator password, but just pressing enter will get you along. You will get a command prompt. execute the command "fixmbr" to restore the windows boot code in the MBR.
If you don't have windows XP, you can also boot from a Win98 boot floppy and do "fdisk /mbr"
However, I would advise you to stick with grub for a while and try to alter the grub.conf or menu.grub (depending on your distribution) file. Linux has an ediitor called vi. I thinnks it's a very awkward one, but I know just enough to edit small files like these. If you want something more intuitive try "joe <yourfile>". I am not at my linux box, so I can't help you by sending my file as an example and get you going from there. I am sure some other guys around here can help you before I do. In addition, doing a search on "grub dual" in this board will probably already get you far.
You can get windblows back using your install cd. If you want to continue to use Linux then make sure you have a boot disk or you can again also use the install cd. Your M$ cd should over-write the mbr and put its own boot loader back.
What have you been typing into the grub.conf file? I use lilo, but grub is almost the same thing. In order to configure lilo to boot windows I simply type
other = /dev/hda1
label = Windows
table = /dev/hda
Then I go into /usr/sbin and run lilo. This last step is what actually updates the boot loader. So, you may not only need to type in the correct script for grub.conf, you may also have to run grub -install in sbin again. Do a google search. You'll find tuns of information.
Ok, so here's my update: Running the Recovery does not work . It asks Which Windows installation I want to load there is room for ONE CHARACTER to be typed, but it doesn't matter which I type, anything typed or if I just hit enter, The box restarts.
More information on the windows:
I choose Windows XP from Grub loader, small vertical bars appear at the bottom of the screen and fill up slowly, Then I get the screen that says Windows XP with the MS flag, the running blue lines, everything normal. The lines run and drivers are loading (I know this because at some point the light on the laser mouse comes on) then the screen goes black and the box restarts.
I feel I should mention that this all started when I downloaded the Red Hat update files, after that there were two linux kernals listed in the box I have since deleted the older one from the grub file, I must admit I changed the grub file mostly with intuition after considering the suggestions made here. I will post what my grub file looks like momentarily.
I'll put up the grub file now.
P.S. much thanks for all the help, just this experience has made me want to use linux even more. All the help there is and the support of this community has been overwhelming. It's the people that make linux what it is, not the code.
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
password --md5 $1$qxcRtluF$2ZFawcTjvxJwZlWdjUmUw0
title Windoze XP
title Fedora Core (2.4.22-1.2199.nptl)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2199.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb
I don't know If I mentioned it but I deleted the older of the two kernals from this file
Sounds like Windblows has committed suicide (got corrupted) which is not uncommon. Your Win Xp CD is supposed to have a recovery mode which should sort the problem out. Don't know XP as I have never used it. Refused rent it from M$ at that price.
this is definitely not a grub issue anymore. If the windows flags come up, it means that grub handed over control to windows ... which then fails miserably. You didn't by accident overwrite some part of your windows partition while installing one of both Linuxes did you ?
Anyway, I fear that you face a complete re-install of Windows :<(
If you can restore the windows boot loader and get into safe mode, the problem may solve itself. As I am a newb at linux, I do not know how to do this. I bet someone knows how though. Don't reinstall just yet.
I got the Recovery to run, had to remember to let the windows hard drive load in cmos. I am a stupid luser.
my windows is now back up and running....fully, all files intact.
so I am now going to get Mandrake Linux
How do I insure these issues do not reappear?
Also, did I overwrite on the windows partition? I don't believe so....could the redhat update perhaps have done this when I installed the updated kernal? I don't remember being asked anything about this during up2date.
Plus winblows worked after the update....for a time.
I am going to get the Mandrake version and hopefully install it tonight. If you have any advice in regards to Mandrake put them up please.
Originally posted by SinisterPurpose Thanks for all your help I'm going to be downloading Mandrake and try using that as fedora became a casualty of the windows reinstall.
Any advice on Mandrake install with XP is appreciated
Thaks again everyone
Your Fedora is still there you just cannot see it. Use your install cd to get in. All you have to remember is what partition it was on. Fedora will get you back in and then you just have to write the grub file back to the mbr.