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Old 12-17-2006, 07:26 AM   #16
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I did the command very carefully, exactly as provided. Message came back "No such file or directory". When I put "/hda1" instead of "/hda" it was accepted. But still wont boot from the XP Reinstallation CD. Still boots Fedora. Definitely looks at the CD, and the Disk works fine in another PC, so nothing wrong with the CD. I did a "df" and it returned info showing : /dev/hda1 was mounted on "/boot". May be irrelevant.
 
Old 12-17-2006, 12:48 PM   #17
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I did the command very carefully, exactly as provided. Message came back "No such file or directory". When I put "/hda1" instead of "/hda" it was accepted. But still wont boot from the XP Reinstallation CD. Still boots Fedora. Definitely looks at the CD, and the Disk works fine in another PC, so nothing wrong with the CD. I did a "df" and it returned info showing : /dev/hda1 was mounted on "/boot". May be irrelevant.
going back to the suggestion that started this: using dd to write 510 bytes to hda1 won't wipe out the mbr. It has to be hda

I can't imaging dd refusing to write to the raw device--were you running as root
If /dev/hda exists, then dd if=<something> of=/dev/hda WILL work!!

But, you again describe the issue the you cannot boot from the Windows CD. wiping the mbr won't help with that....
 
Old 12-17-2006, 03:50 PM   #18
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But, you again describe the issue the you cannot boot from the Windows CD. wiping the mbr won't help with that....
Wanna bet ???.
The 'doze CD *is* booting - and electing to terminate. Probably due to tests on the "structure" of the data in the MBR failing. Brain-dead code, just like the boot-loader they provide.
 
Old 12-17-2006, 05:58 PM   #19
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Wanna bet ???.
The 'doze CD *is* booting - and electing to terminate. Probably due to tests on the "structure" of the data in the MBR failing. Brain-dead code, just like the boot-loader they provide.
I defer to those who understand this better than I--my experience is that Windows installer communicates somehow that the drive is not usable--but maybe that was on Win2K.

Anyway, back to wiping the disk and/or mbr....
 
  


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