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Old 09-03-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Can't boot WinXp after installing ubuntu

Hi, I'm having problem booting my WinXp partition after installing ubuntu. Everytime I tried to load WinXp, a blue screen appears saying some rubbish about windows is forced to shutdown to avoid system damage. At the end it says *** stop: 0x00000007B (0XF894d^3C, 0XC000000E, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).

Here's my 'fdisk /dev/hda -l'
Disk /dev/hda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
116 heads, 43 sectors/track, 62666 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4988 * 512 = 2553856 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        8212    20480706+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            8213       54221   114746446   83  Linux
/dev/hda3           54222       54808     1463978    5  Extended
/dev/hda5           54222       54808     1463956+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
I've tried booting through WinXp CD, and pressed R to repair. Based on what I've read on some threads, I might be able to fix this using FIXMBR, but when I'm about to do that, it says FIXMBR might mess up the partition table, and system not recoverable, something like that. Is there any better way to fix this problem? What does FIXMBR actually do? Will it really mess up the partition table that bad so it can't be repaired anymore? Or will it affect any data on my partition?
Old 09-03-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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FIXMBR will erase the MBR and make a new one, which means you won't be able to boot linux anymore.
Old 09-04-2005, 12:04 AM   #3
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But I've planned to do fixmbr, then after my windows is working again, I'm gonna boot through ubuntu CD, and reinstall grub, will that works?
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Did you install Grub to the MBR? If so, what does your /boot/grub/menu.lst look like?


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