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Old 04-08-2003, 03:33 PM   #1
gfamily
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Angry lost XP on C Drive


I recently installed Mandrake 8-2 on the following set up

HDD 1 - single partition with windows XP
HDD 2 - 2 partitions , one NTFS for data, one for mandrake.

As far as LILO is concerned the XP loads from dev/hda1
Linux loads from dev/hdb5

Today I couldn't load into XP at all.

Initially when I tried all I got was NTLDR missing pres CTRL + ALT + DEL to reboot.

After trying to amend the settings I could only get the screen filling up with

L0 L0 L0 L0 ...


I've tried going into recovery console by booting from the XP CD-ROM, and running the fixmbr command but that doesn't seem to have helped.

in command line mode, I cannot get a DIR listing from the C drive
with the message
"an error occurred during directory enumeration

can anyone save my bacon and help me recover the existing XP instllations and data
 
Old 04-08-2003, 03:38 PM   #2
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NTFS partition for your mandrake install? Is that utterly safe/stable yet?
Can you man lilo as that L0 code means something specific failed.
 
Old 04-08-2003, 04:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Proud
what does man lilo do?

I've only just started on linux - so I may need some serious hand-holding.

(yesterday I thought my only problem was having a winmodem!)
 
Old 04-08-2003, 05:17 PM   #4
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when u ran fixmbr did u make sure to run fixboot also?? However this will get rid of lilo and u will no longer be able to boot to linux without a boot disk or cd......but since u already ran fixmbr..just go and run fixmbr and fixboot in recovery console and let's see if that will recover ur xp partition...
 
Old 04-08-2003, 05:26 PM   #5
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man command in a terminal/at a console (prompt) displays some text manuals about the command, and it's options etc. Almost all apps have man pages, and almost all flavours/distributions of Linux have the man program to show them.
If I were in Linux atm (*shock horror!*) I could read what L0 meant, but atm, try this.

I had problems with my winmodem, a broken default firewall, and dual booting, but once you get past the setup, everything is sweet. Keep at it.
 
Old 04-08-2003, 06:17 PM   #6
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Hi again NewbieME - thanks for the suggestion.

My main question is whether Fixboot is likely to make things worse.

As it stands I may be able to take the HDD to a data recovery specialist - so I don't want to make a bad situation worse.
 
Old 04-09-2003, 12:32 AM   #7
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fixboot and fixmbr won't damage your hdd so that ur data can't be recovered..since all ur data resides after all the boot sectors so fixmbr and fixboot won't even touch ur data in ur hdd unless u start installing over those data or fomatting them. Anyways i do not think you will make the situation worse by running fixboot since u ran fixmbr already
 
Old 04-09-2003, 05:53 PM   #8
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Wink



Thanks for the reassurance - I ran fixmbr and fixboot and everything was restored.

I think I'll keep linux on my _old_ machine in future.

Many Many thanks

Last edited by gfamily; 04-09-2003 at 06:00 PM.
 
  


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