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Old 02-22-2003, 04:21 PM   #16
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In Slack do "fdisk -l" and post the results if you can.
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:00 PM   #17
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Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads 63 sectors 1027 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

device Boot Start End Blocks ID System
/dev/hda1 ? 200529 201556 8249346 c Win95 FAT32 LBA

Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads 63 sectors 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

device Boot Start End Blocks ID System
/dev/hdb1 1 1626 13060813+ c Win95 FAT32 LBA
/dev/hdb2 1628 1731 835380 82 Linux Swap
/dev/hdb3 * 1732 4865 25173855 83 Linux
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:09 PM   #18
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What does your BIOS say about the master? Looks like your MBR is missing.
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:21 PM   #19
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I'm not quite sure what you want me to look at for what my bios says about the master. Now it isn't even detecting the hard drives correctly, instead of IBM DHEA... and WDC... it just says Hard Disk 0 and Hard Disk 1...
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:27 PM   #20
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In your Bios reset everything in your IDE section to "Auto" then reboot.
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:34 PM   #21
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k, that's back to normal now..
what's next? I'm out of ideas..
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:37 PM   #22
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Does your fdisk show hda to have a bootable partition. * instaead of ?
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:38 PM   #23
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nope, still the ?
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:46 PM   #24
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Something's definetly fubarred but it's in XP. There's another command in XPs Recovery Console besides "fixmbr" but it escapes me at the moment. You're going to have to fix XP before Lilo will work. Can you boot XP at all?
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:49 PM   #25
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nope. I suppose that i could try booting that partition from the floppy disk though..i'll see what happens
 
Old 02-22-2003, 05:54 PM   #26
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nope nothing..xp will not boot, at least I don't know a way to get it to. I know that its on hda1, but other than that, I don't know how to get around the lack of a 'valid partition table'
 
Old 02-22-2003, 06:03 PM   #27
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I just went in and tried the fixmbr again (in vain) but it did say something about 'you seem to have an unusual MBR. writing the mbr may damage your partition tables. Continue?' It said this the first time, but I didn't think much of it. Think this could be the problem? I'm just grasping at straws here, but it's all I've got
 
Old 02-22-2003, 06:33 PM   #28
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That's a standard message if Lilo was installed but something is preventing even Windows itself from writing to the MBR. Is your XP install NTFS or FAT32?
 
Old 02-22-2003, 06:45 PM   #29
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It is FAT32, I upgraded from ME (thank goodness) and just left it as FAT
 
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Did you take the option to mount your FAT partitions when you installed Slack?
 
  


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