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Old 03-18-2004, 12:23 PM   #1
aenimax
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Removing boot loader..HELP


ok so im a newbie at linux. i installed mandrake 9 about 6 months ago & played around with it a good bit, but didnt learn enough.

now im selling my comp to a friend and building a new one. i run win2000 and dual boot with linux. so i deleted the linux partitions through windows and now the hd is all fixed up, my only problem is the boot OS selection comes up when i start my comp and tries to boot into linux (when it times out) and then stops doing everything when it finds out linux isnt there. i THOUGHT that when i deleted all linux partitions the boot loader would go byebye..and i was wrong. so how in the world do i get rid of the boot selector so that it will boot straight into win2000 like it did before i installed linux? i dont want my friend to have to select windows everytime his comp starts up. (That time out stuff when you select the OS is a pain!! but im not smart enough to fix it).

i saw that some posts said to use a win boot disk...but win2k doesnt have boot disks. is it possible to do it any way though the mandrake cd's that i used to install it?

by the way, im gonna install linux on my new pc again and give another shot at learning it. i finally got a book ).

any help is welcomed.
thanks.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 12:26 PM   #2
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Re: Removing boot loader..HELP

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Originally posted by aenimax
ok so im a newbie at linux. i installed mandrake 9 about 6 months ago & played around with it a good bit, but didnt learn enough.

now im selling my comp to a friend and building a new one. i run win2000 and dual boot with linux. so i deleted the linux partitions through windows and now the hd is all fixed up, my only problem is the boot OS selection comes up when i start my comp and tries to boot into linux (when it times out) and then stops doing everything when it finds out linux isnt there. i THOUGHT that when i deleted all linux partitions the boot loader would go byebye..and i was wrong. so how in the world do i get rid of the boot selector so that it will boot straight into win2000 like it did before i installed linux? i dont want my friend to have to select windows everytime his comp starts up. (That time out stuff when you select the OS is a pain!! but im not smart enough to fix it).

i saw that some posts said to use a win boot disk...but win2k doesnt have boot disks. is it possible to do it any way though the mandrake cd's that i used to install it?

by the way, im gonna install linux on my new pc again and give another shot at learning it. i finally got a book ).

any help is welcomed.
thanks.

dude,
http://www.allbootdisks.com/2k.html
download the boot disks here, write to floppies, go into rescue mode, voila.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 12:28 PM   #3
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boot wiith win2k CD, get into the recovery console and type "fixmbr"
or do an automated recovery(just let it examine/recover startup environment)
 
Old 03-18-2004, 12:34 PM   #4
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Yes you can use a Mandrake cd to fix your problem. I have tested this with Mandrake 10 but not any previous version but in theory it should work. First put the Mandrake CD1 in the cdrom, reboot your system. Press F1 to get more options to boot to. Type in 'rescue' it loads up and you have a text based gui, one of the options is "Restore Windows Boot Loader". Let that do its thing then remove the CD and reboot and it should reboot to Windows 2000.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 02:47 PM   #5
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boot to a dos 6.x, or a windows 9x boot floppy and type:

FDISK/MBR

rewrites the master boot record.... undocumented but well known.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 03:22 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

i did what PolyPerception said and it worked perfectly. thank you so much
 
  


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