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Old 08-26-2003, 06:52 PM   #1
urbanfirey
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Question Problem with LI


Hi all....

I have quite a stressful problem (only for a newbie I hope)

I have a dual boot (or had) system running win2k and RH9 (ws)
everything was running great...until I allowed someone else access while I was away with work....

Anyway being the good samaritan this person thought they were decided to clean up my HDs and return the loss of space on my primary HD using Partition Magic....(from Win2k)

So my 10G drive that was 2x5G partition one for Win2k and the other for RH9 was cleaned up....the HD partitions were joined and then formated NTFS.....

On my return home and booting my system I find it goes through the BOOT sequence until it gets to LI and then freezes.....

I know this can be caused by the Linux boot being loaded outside the 1024th cylinder....but the problem is there is no Linux installed at all now due to the formatting of the HD.....

I know I could just reformat the HD and do a fresh install....but I really would like to keep the win2k and data....

Is there anyway I can remove the LI from the boot sequence or get around it so windows can boot....

I am running out of hair to pull and it is getting stressing....hence the cry for help here!!!

Hope somebody may be able to assist...

Regards

Urban.
 
Old 08-26-2003, 07:39 PM   #2
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Boot from a Win98 rescue disk and run fdisk /mbr from the prompt.

PS: If I were you I'd kill that person... If s/he deleted the Windows partition, then it wouldn't be so bad
 
Old 08-26-2003, 07:52 PM   #3
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Thanks Azmeen I will give that a try when home from work.....
Oh believe me, the culprit has been seriously reprimanded (mainly with pain) and will NEVER touch my systems again.....!
 
Old 08-26-2003, 10:05 PM   #4
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You could boot from a rescue disk and run
/sbin/lilo
 
Old 08-27-2003, 01:06 AM   #5
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Thanks Azmeen it worked a treat! your worth your weight in gold!
What exactley did that do by running the fdisk /mbr did it replace the Master Boot Record?.......just interested now!



Darthtux - I tried booting from a linux rescue disk..unfortunately there was no Linux install left on the HD so it just errored when I tried running the the rescue disk.....ty anyway


Now got to repartition and replace my entire RH9......had it just nice too.......ah well, it all helps with the learning curve!

urban
 
Old 08-27-2003, 05:58 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by urbanfirey
Thanks Azmeen it worked a treat! your worth your weight in gold!
What exactley did that do by running the fdisk /mbr did it replace the Master Boot Record?.......just interested now!
No problem. Basically the command clears your MBR... so you're correct.

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Originally posted by urbanfirey
Now got to repartition and replace my entire RH9......had it just nice too.......ah well, it all helps with the learning curve!
Use Red Hat and you'll understand Red Hat... Use Slackware and you'll understand Linux

/me *ducks!*

Well anyway to avoid future difficulties with LILO and the MBR, you might want to check out BootPart.

Cheers!
 
  


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