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Ok, so i've been working on dual booting Linux and XP. I got it working but i noticed that some software that should have been installed w/ Linux wasn't so i went back to reinstall it. When i did, the install kept crashing. I kept going back and trying to reinstall it, i went into windows a few times to perform a few processes inbetween trying to get my Linux to work. Well this last time it crashed it went through the Post and after it says "Verifying DMI Pool Data" it reads out "L" space and then "99 99 99 99" etc. Baisically just filling the screen w/ 99's. I switch the boot order to boot straight to the hard drive and that happens, if i switch the boot order to boot CD it says Failure after trying to boot from the CD-Rom and goes in the L 99 99 string again. Uhg i don't know what to do!
**Update** After messing w/ boot order and a few other things i was able to boot from the CD-Rom into Mandrake install. During the installation it shoes that the Windows partitions are still there and untouched. Right now it's reinstalling mandrake and i hope that it will fully install this time and everything will boot right.
**Update #2** Stupid mandrake froze again during installation it just paused in the same spot for like 30 min. so i went to restart and now i'm unable to boot through CD-Rom again etc. UHG!
If not any of you guys have any ideas for me? I'm open to everything right now!
Last edited by TeknoPhreak; 03-22-2003 at 12:48 AM.
i would if i could boot into anything. But my eniter boot sector is dead it looks like. I think right now that i gotta get my hands on some XP Pro boot disk and hopefully that'll help me, if not then it looks like I'm dead in the water.
put fdisk on a book floppy and boot to it, in fdisk, fiddle with your active partitions.. you might have the wrong partition set active, and as a result, its not able to find the boot files its looking for.
Techno, Go to microsoft knowledge base article #311073. It tells you how to make a boot disk for XP/XP-PRO. After you make the disk, run fdisk/mbr, then just copy the files into your boot (c drive. I know what you going through, been there done that, lost everything twice before I got it right.
I seem to recall that if you put the first mandrake disc in and <F1> instead of enter, then it gives you the option of re-installing the wind0w$ boot loader.
That should get you back to square 1 at least - then start the re-install of the mandrake - but just allow it to run/install the defaults, you can always add the other stuff later (that's what I did when I got a page of 1010101010110110).
Thanks a lot guys with all your replys! The problem is as i'm recieving them, i'm on spring break, so i wont be able to attempt anything to fix it until i get back in a week from now. So frustrating, i kill my PC the day before i leave for spring break, i don't even like going to sleep if something is wrong w/ my PC. OH well. One of my last questions is, if i boot and then run fdisk /mbr what exactly does that do? WIll my hard drive still theoretically be intact, does that just reformat my boot sector so to speak. Or what?
I had the same problem, when I tried to dual boot my xp and *nix, it did that L thing, I ended up having to format my whole computer. But now I am on Redhat and awaiting a windows 2000 OS to dual boot with.
fdisk /mbr just rewrites your MBR(Master Boot Record) and nothing else so all your data in your hdd will still be intact
mbr has information about your partition tables and how ur hdd is set to boot...so set up ur partition so that ur xp partition is set active or bootable..this can be done in fdisk
after that just run fdisk /mbr
that will set up ur hdd to boot with ur xp partition
Originally posted by rewtem I had the same problem, when I tried to dual boot my xp and *nix, it did that L thing, I ended up having to format my whole computer. But now I am on Redhat and awaiting a windows 2000 OS to dual boot with.
Don't format your hdd just because you can't boot!! As long as nothing is overwritten or formatted, there are ways to recover your hdd!
well if you already formatted your hard disk then i don't think you can recover it without consulting those recover specialists....but if you just did a quick format then it might still be possible if you haven't overwritten your hdd...