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Old 06-04-2003, 08:38 PM   #1
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Removing Linux - booting problems?

I have Win XP and Mandrake 9.0 dualbooting (with the Mandrake bootloader). But the thing is, I want to completely get rid of Mandrake and put the space I had partitioned to Mandrake back on my XP partition.

I was told that all I had to do was delete the Linux partition, but I tried that and nothing would boot. I got this weird message that said like "99 99 99 99" and continued like that... the only way I could get back into windows was by reinstalling mandrake.

How can I get rid of Mandrake so i can repartition the space to my XP partition?
Old 06-04-2003, 09:46 PM   #2
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load into windows and format the linux partitons. then restart using your xp cd or in-fact any windows boot cd and then use the command 'fixmbr' that will restore your winxp mbr. or you can use fdisk and use mbr function in it.
Old 06-05-2003, 04:52 AM   #3
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hi i too have the same problem in my pc i have
red hat linux8 i when i try to delete the linux partiton from the windows section
is dose not shows any non dos partition in windows fdisk and hence am not able to deete it from there
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You could boot the RH8 install CD in rescue mode and use linux fdisk to delete partitions.
Old 06-05-2003, 02:30 PM   #5
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Well I got it to work, no problems now.. thanks for all the help!!
Old 06-05-2003, 04:40 PM   #6
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u could also try "fdisk /mbr" from command prompt by booting through windows floppy/cd,this will erase ur grub,lilo


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