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Old 10-19-2003, 12:33 PM   #1
Starr
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Boot problem


Okay, this is rather odd, though I think I know what might of caused it...


I had Mandrake Linux 9.1 installed with Windows XP on my other machine. I realized that I wasn't using Linux enough at the time to warrant the space it was taking up, so I fired up partition magic and got rid of Linux(This might of been a mistake I realize)now, everything was fine until I shut down my machine and it tried rebooting.. As it went through its usual paces, it then did something wierd:

L 99 99 99 99 etc etc


And then it gave me a prompt:
PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT


I have a feeling this is because the LILO boot utility is still in the boot sector of my harddrive? How do I remove it?
 
Old 10-19-2003, 12:35 PM   #2
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Boot up with a Windows bootup disk and simply do a:

fdisk /MBR
 
Old 10-19-2003, 02:01 PM   #3
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could someone post a link to instructions on how to make a boot disk? i had checked the windows website on how to make them(windows XP) but it said i needed multiple disks, how do i make one with a single disk?

thanks!
 
Old 10-19-2003, 02:06 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Starr
could someone post a link to instructions on how to make a boot disk? i had checked the windows website on how to make them(windows XP) but it said i needed multiple disks, how do i make one with a single disk?

thanks!
Actually in my experience the win98 boot disk works best. You can download to create one from this link: http://hot.ee/bootdisk/WIN98.EXE
 
Old 10-19-2003, 05:36 PM   #5
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Yay! It worked perfectly, but now it's bringing up the Windows boot screen and not moving... God I hate Windows.. -.-;
 
Old 10-19-2003, 05:43 PM   #6
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Is there anything else I should of done besides fdisk /MBR ?

I tried loading again, it went by the Black loading screen with the progress bar at the bottom, and then well, blue loading screen with nothing happening.. Normally it says: Loading your personal settings.


I know this is a Linux forum, but I figured this would be the best place to ask, seeing as the problem was due to altering stuff with Linux.


EDIT: Waaaita minute. My system had set the Windows partition to be drive G:, would that effect loading somehow? Maybe it's looking for a drive C: when there isn't one? Or maybe it switched to drive C: but thinks it's still drive G?

Last edited by Starr; 10-19-2003 at 05:45 PM.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 05:48 PM   #7
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Wow, that's not right....

Okay, just booted up with the boot disk again and this is what I found:
A:/>fdisk
Partions
A
--


Nothing else! No other partitions! But yet Windows XP still loads, the intro screen. @.@;
 
Old 10-19-2003, 06:13 PM   #8
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Bump.

Someone please help, or at least point me somewhere to get said help.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 07:05 PM   #9
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Windows does like to be the primary partition. I'm not that familiar with WindowsXP and installing it but perhaps it has a rescue or recovery tool when booting the WinXP cd or the such... ??
 
Old 10-19-2003, 07:17 PM   #10
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No clue, but a friend of mine(comp techie) said I'm pretty much screwed.. So I'm gunna reinstall.. Another reason why I hate Windows. XD
 
Old 10-19-2003, 07:18 PM   #11
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don't worry about the output of fdisk. It's dos disk and doesn't recognize an NTFS partition so the output is as expected. As for fixing XP.... I second trickykid's suggestion to see if the XP installation CD can help you further.
 
  


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