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Old 04-05-2004, 10:10 AM   #1
ChivalricRonin
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Urgent Help Requested! Can't Boot to Windows


Hello, I really appreciate a quick response to this...

First I tried to install Debian, which unfortunately did not go as planned. GRUB locked me out of my WinXP distribution, and generally errored out. Thus I attempted to do what I did when Mandrake borked the system. Delete Linux partitions and run FIXMBR. However, this time it is not working!!

I have a 60 gb drive in my laptop, the first 45 or so being NTFS formatted and the last 15 used to be linux partitions, which are now deleted by the winxp recovery console. Using the console, I can detect my installation at C:\Windows and login to it. I tried using FIXMBR, which completed without errors, but when I reboot I get "Cannot find Operating System" next I used "FIXBOOT" and wrote a new boot record to C:\. Same issue. I tried adding the "Bootcfg" to the c:\windows but to no avail. Might I be doing something wrong?

I plan to try and reinstall linux again, but I'd really like to get XP working again first! Could anyone provide some quick insight? I'd really like to avoid a complete format and reinstall!
 
Old 04-05-2004, 10:14 AM   #2
Demonbane
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make sure the winxp partition is set to active
 
Old 04-05-2004, 10:16 AM   #3
ChivalricRonin
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How would I go about doing that?

EDIT: Booted into Knoppix (THANKS KLAUS!) and am taking a look at the boot.ini on the drive. Text follows

[boot loader]
timeout=20
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)paritition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disc(0)rdisc(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="1"

Is this the windowsxp bootloader? does it look kinda correct?

I think that ="1" is the result of something i typed in at the repair CHKBOOT console, trying to set a C:\windows as default, when it was looking for an OS label.

Last edited by ChivalricRonin; 04-05-2004 at 10:23 AM.
 
Old 04-05-2004, 11:22 AM   #4
riotkittie
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Quote:
Originally posted by ChivalricRonin
How would I go about doing that?
run cfdisk ((or fdisk)) from knoppix. it will tell you if your win partition's bootable, and will let you set it as being such if it's not right now. i'd imagine you can do the same from xp's recovery console, but i've never messed with it so can't tell you how or where.

Last edited by riotkittie; 04-05-2004 at 11:24 AM.
 
Old 04-05-2004, 12:33 PM   #5
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Figured it out from knoppix! Turns out they both had the same ID
 
  


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