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Old 12-05-2005, 09:21 PM   #1
kariwojo
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Exclamation booting "other" with grub loads a diagnostic window for xp, not xp--EMERGENCY!


Okay, so I am a newb, pls excuse.

My pc has 2 hard drives, hda, and hdb. I had xp on hda, and used partition magic to create a second partition on the same drive for fedora core 4. Now, fedora loaded fine, but when I tried to boot (using grub) into windows, (using other), I got the error:

rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

After reading around, I found that if I edited my grub.conf file so that under other it has:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

that it should be ok. now when I reboot and try to load xp, I get the xp 'express test' diagnostics screen.

So, figuring that hd0,0 was the first partition on the first drive, and remembering when I partitioned the drive that I had two partitions to begin with, a 39.9 mb and then the whole 150Gb one, I figured that perhaps the hd0,0 was a diagnostic, and maybe hd0,1 was xp. Well, I got a fatal system error, and could not even turn the computer off or reboot--I had to unplug it.

So, I then tried editing the grub.conf file to have
other
rootnoverify (hd0,2)

(linus loads on (hd0,3), and I get the same error as with (hd1,0).

Any suggestions?

My next thought is to open the boot menu, because this diagnostic was a choice, along with the hard drive, cd drive, etc.

So, when the computer starting loading, I chose F12 to go into the boot menu, and to boot from the sata disk (the hard drive). And, then I get the boot loader screen, where I can choose Fedora or other, and I chose other, and I get the diagnostics screen again!
 
Old 12-05-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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We need to know what is happening with rootnoverify(hd0,1).
Can you try that again, and take note of all messages, and how the box behaves - post the messages here.

Is this a HP PC by any chance ???.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 09:41 AM   #3
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If it happens to be an HP PC, then leave the origninal boot settings in place. Grub knows how to config. itself, and knows where the partitions are.... Unless you were getting an error with the original setup "rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1" then you should revert back to those settings.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by kariwojo
Okay, so I am a newb, pls excuse.

My pc has 2 hard drives, hda, and hdb. I had xp on hda, and used partition magic to create a second partition on the same drive for fedora core 4. Now, fedora loaded fine, but when I tried to boot (using grub) into windows, (using other), I got the error:

rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1

After reading around, I found that if I edited my grub.conf file so that under other it has:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

that it should be ok. now when I reboot and try to load xp, I get the xp 'express test' diagnostics screen.

So, figuring that hd0,0 was the first partition on the first drive, and remembering when I partitioned the drive that I had two partitions to begin with, a 39.9 mb and then the whole 150Gb one, I figured that perhaps the hd0,0 was a diagnostic, and maybe hd0,1 was xp. Well, I got a fatal system error, and could not even turn the computer off or reboot--I had to unplug it.

So, I then tried editing the grub.conf file to have
other
rootnoverify (hd0,2)

(linus loads on (hd0,3), and I get the same error as with (hd1,0).

Any suggestions?

My next thought is to open the boot menu, because this diagnostic was a choice, along with the hard drive, cd drive, etc.

So, when the computer starting loading, I chose F12 to go into the boot menu, and to boot from the sata disk (the hard drive). And, then I get the boot loader screen, where I can choose Fedora or other, and I chose other, and I get the diagnostics screen again!
Okay, so here is what I discovered caused the problem, and how I fixed it:

1. I originally used Partition Magic 8.0 to make the linux partition.
2. However, when I did this, I did not notice that it made the ntfs partition with windows on it invisible, which was why I couldn't get into windows.
3. I inserted my windows reinstallation disk and chose to install a new version.
4. I put this version over the linux installation, on the 30Gb partition I made for linux.
5. I was then able to load windows xp.
6. I installed Partition Magic 8.0 again, and saw that my original ntfs drive had been hidden!
7. I unhid the ntfs partition, and then partitioned the second hard drive, sdb, to put linux on.
8. Note that I had to again unhide the remaining ntfs disk space on the sdb.
9. I reloaded linux, in the sdb partition, making sure the boot loader was written to sda, not sdb.
10. The original windows xp loaded fine.
11. I formatted the partition that had the new xp on it.
12. I merged the two partitions on drive 1, sda to get back one hard drive with my original windows installation.
13. I don't believe I lost any data in this process, but I think it did mess up my shortcuts since I was adding drive letters, rearranging drive letters, etc. Now I just need to go back and make sure they're pointing to the right drives.
 
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Ok, glad you got it worked out!
 
  


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