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Old 10-27-2004, 08:27 AM   #1
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hello,

I tried to install Linux OS in my system. I already have windows XP in my system. So, I did partition first using partition magic and then installed linux federo using partition magic software. Now my both operating systems are not starting. Can anyone suggest what can be the problem?

Thanks in advance,
With best regards,
Guhan
 
Old 10-27-2004, 08:41 AM   #2
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Because you messed up the master boot record. To fix it, pop the fedora core CD into your CDROM and restart the computer. Install fedora core again from the CD and let it set everything up for you. It's probably the easiest way to fix the problem. Partition Magic is very good but you shouldnt have installed linux using it, its mainly for partitioning hard drives.

Good Luck
 
Old 10-27-2004, 08:48 AM   #3
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I tried to do that. But t keeps saying that it is not able to find the operating system.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 08:59 AM   #4
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Have you got your BIOS set to boot from the CD-ROM?
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:00 AM   #5
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yes, i did that
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:03 AM   #6
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I think you have the some problem as me. You can view my post at:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=247886
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:09 AM   #7
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yes, almost same problem. Now my biggest worry is, can I get back my data files? Unfortunately i didnt back up my files. Thats the most stupidest thing what i did.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:42 AM   #8
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Well, probably you will be able to get back the files, in case you don't overwrite them. You can try with a file restoring tool.
But the biggest problem is we can't install any operating system or program so!!!!
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:51 AM   #9
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ahhh......is the problem permanent? U mean, I can never install a new OS again on the system? U mean the system is almost broken now?
 
Old 10-27-2004, 09:57 AM   #10
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how about using a LiveCD such as Knoppix then you could maybe at least get your data back.

 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:25 AM   #11
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No, its not a permanent problem, you can install any OS you want .. just make sure there isnt anything wrong with the hard drive itself. Can you boot into redhat using the cd? If not thn make sure ur computer can boot from the cdrom and that the cdrom is bootable. How did u get the cdrom? Did u burn it urself? If so, did you burn a bootable cd??
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:49 AM   #12
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No the problem can't be permanen, although the hard disk is broken, and I'm sure It hasn't happend. I think the MBR has got corrupted, and I don't know why but when the Operating System write a new MBR, something goes wrong and then it can't start. I'm thinking that perhaps something has been changed in the BIOS hard disk configuration, perhaps it will be a good idea to re-flash the BIOS. I have read that sometimes the MBR gets locked while installing LILO. Take a loock at http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue63/okopnik.html. I will try this tonight with my computer.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 11:04 AM   #13
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I got freddo linux from my university´s web as img file and then burnt it in a cd.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 12:18 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally posted by smguhan
ahhh......is the problem permanent? U mean, I can never install a new OS again on the system? U mean the system is almost broken now?
Can you boot to the windows installer? If so, you are fine.
Try the recovery console first,

Insert your XP installation CD-ROM and boot from CD-ROM :
you shoudl go straight to setup, wait for it to get to a blue screen [not of death].
Then press R for recovery console.
and issue the following commands

CHKDSK C: /F
FIXBOOT
FIXMBR

EXIT

This sequence will
CHKDSK Check the drive for errors, and try to fix them.
FIXBOOT Rewrite the bootsector to the windows partition - if this fails, try issueing it again after FIXMBR. If it fails again you have some partition issues, you will have to deal with on eway or another.
FIXMBR - rewrite NTLDR to the MBR
exit the recovery console.

reboot and try to boot windows. You will not be able to boot linux at this point.

If this works, write back here and the gents can help you reinstall a bootloader so you can
run both windows and linux.

If this does not work, check for support at partition magic, my guess is, it screwed stuff up when it tried toi write the partition table to the drive.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 01:16 PM   #15
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Quote:
I'm thinking that perhaps something has been changed in the BIOS hard disk configuration, perhaps it will be a good idea to re-flash the BIOS. I have read that sometimes the MBR gets locked while installing LILO
In 7 years of using computers and trying numerous OS/Distro, I have never had to reflash the bios. Installing an operating system does not change the bios.

Do what Whitechedda said to recover windows, also you cant just burn the image on the CDROM, you have to burn a "bootable" CDROM.. use Nero or something. I believe the CDROM you have is not bootable. Search the forum on how to burn a "bootable" CDROM.

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