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Old 09-24-2006, 08:56 AM   #16
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Made change #1 and restarted (did not shutdown-does this matter?), but no cigar.

Attempting to make change #2, but BIOS choices are:
Auto (current setting)
User
Other Atapi
CD-ROM
Atapi Removable
None

I have googled "hard disk auto lba" and learned that LBA is acronym for Logic Block Addressing, which does not appear in the list, so it must be user defined, no? (for the past hour I have further "google-researched" this, but not making much headway)

The BIOS help for "User" shows : "You enter parameters of hard-disk drive installed at this connection". If this is the correct option to choose, how would I determine these values?

Sorry to be such a pain on this, but my computer is really resisting this. Your continuing patience and guidance much appreciated.
 
Old 09-24-2006, 06:48 PM   #17
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Anybody have any ideas on this? TIA
 
Old 09-25-2006, 01:45 AM   #18
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Okay, I have a few last tricks up my sleeve...

1. Try adding "boot" after "chainloader +1" and reinstalling GRUB

2. Try removing "savedefault" from your Windows boot configuration and reinstalling GRUB

3. Try any combination of (1) and (2)
 
Old 09-25-2006, 08:14 AM   #19
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pda, thanx for these ideas. I applied suggestion number 1, but it did not change the previously reported behaviour in the dual boot.

Can't get into windows cause the dual boot doesn't work.

Any suggestions on how to change the windows boot config without the grub loader working? TIA
 
Old 09-25-2006, 12:00 PM   #20
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Another, rarer cause of this error is that Linux and Windows may not always read the disk geometry correctly. I don't know of any way you can verify that this is the problem, but there is a way to fix it. You can find the instructions at http://en.opensuse.org/SDB%3AWindows...SUSE_LINUX_9.1. They are for SUSE, but they work for other distros (including Ubuntu) as well.

You will need a floppy drive and a diskette, or a CD-RW drive and a CD-R or CD-RW disc.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 12:46 PM   #21
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just boot with a win98 floppy disk at the a: prompt>a:fdisk /mbr or i believe fixmbr. that may hopefully restore your windows mbr.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 10:13 PM   #22
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Thanks for these. I am out of town at the moment, but will have a go when I return and report results.
 
Old 09-27-2006, 10:58 PM   #23
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I booted the computer from a W98 floppy. Then ran "fdisk /mbr" from the A: prompt. It clicked and whirred and came back to the A: prompt with no text as to what may or may not have happened. Is this what should be expected?

I then rebooted and it went straight into Ubuntu, skipping the dual boot option entirely. So it seems that this has taken me back a step.

I am about to read throught the instructions at the URL that pda mentioned. Is this now my only option? I seem to be going in circles.

TIA

Edit: had a look in menu.lst to see if anything changed which it has not, but here is the text at the end of the file:

"### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/hda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1"

I am curious about:

"title Other operating systems:
root"

What is the purpose of these two lines? Are they needed? Could they be part of the problem?

Last edited by Odyssey1942; 09-28-2006 at 09:31 AM.
 
Old 09-28-2006, 02:19 PM   #24
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I have rebooted from:

1) the Live CD and clicked on Places/Computer which shows the 27.3GB volume (which is the XP install), but when I click on it, it shows:

Unable to mount the selected volume and if I click on show more details, it shows:

error: device /dev/hada1 is not removeable
error: could not execute pmount

2) the hdd under Ubuntu 6.06, and had the same result as (1) and also clicked on the Windows folder. Using the file browser, I can see the Windows partition, but when I click on it the folder opens without any files or folders within, i.e., it is just blank.

3) then ran "sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /media/windows" and got this feedback:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda1,
missing codepage or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so

4) a W98 boot diskette, but all it could seem to see on the C: drive were a number of Windows executables???

any ideas?
 
Old 09-29-2006, 07:09 PM   #25
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You will need an NTFS module loaded to mount NTFS partitions (sudo modprobe ntfs).

Okay...I'm running out of ideas. The only two I can think of are:

(1) download SUSE LiveCD and follow the instructions EXACTLY in the aforementioned link
(2) if you have a recovery CD for Windows (or you know someone who has it), overwrite your boot sector (allowing you to boot soley into Windows) and boot Ubuntu from a floppy disk.

I am sorry that it has taken weeks only to come to this. If the above ideas don't work, I have no clue what to do.

Last edited by pda_h4x0r; 09-29-2006 at 07:11 PM.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 10:32 AM   #26
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since it seems a grub/mbr problem, search out some of saikee's threads. if anyone can help, i'm sure he can. he has a multiboot machine of 100+ os's. because i have only one last resort idea. the old windows way f-n-r (format and reinstall). i really don't encourage that since this is linux and we all know there is usually a fix or two for every problem that comes about. unfortunately windows is not that way.
3) then ran "sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /media/windows" and got this feedback:

try 'sudo mount -t /dev/hda1/media/windows/system32'

and play with that to see if you can locate a known folder you have and open it. if this does not work, then my assumption is corruption. wish i could be more help to you.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 08:53 PM   #27
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As a quick hit, I tried moving the hdd into a W2k computer and clicked on the drive in My Computer. It flashed a message saying that the hdd could not be read and did I want to format it.

I am fairly sure from the above that it is corrupted (hopefully not beyond repair.) This is a real good lesson in why it pays to put Windows on one partition and data on another.

I am away for a few days but try some of the other suggestions when I get back. Thanks again.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 09:16 PM   #28
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your welcome. i hope we've helped you and hope we can hear how you do. sorry your away. good luck when you git back home.
 
  


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