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Old 01-30-2007, 01:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Unable to boot Linux Fedora v6

Good Day,

I boot my Linux partition along with Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. Recently, I had to reinstall my Windows 2003 partition and now I can not boot Linux. Obviously, I have overwritten my MBR but is there a way to recover my Linux partition?

Old 01-30-2007, 03:48 PM   #2
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I would recommend that if you have it:

Boot into the Linus system, and specify the options that are set at boot. This would be something like:

boot: sata.i root=/dev/hda2 noinitrd ro

Because this way you can still use Linux, but this time it will be for changing the boot order. In the terminal (window or whatever), type:


and then in whatever one you prefer, change the boot partition to the partition of the Linux system. Then, USING THE CD, boot using the options that are set at boot, and locate the boot loader files (like the ones that are configured by the system after installation). Using the instructions of the boot loader program, run it and set the boot loader up on the Linux partition. IF ANY CHANGES ARE MADE TO PARTITIONS OF THEIR FILESYSTEMS, YOU MUST, EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER INSTALLING THE BOOT LOADER, ALTER THE FILE FOR /etc/fstab SO THE SYSTEM WILL BE ABLE TO DO WHATEVER WITH THEM, SHOULD THEY BE ABLE TO BE MOUNTED! This is extremely important, because you may get errors if the thing tries to mount it one way when it is another way

In some cases (I use LILO, and this is the case for that loader), the computer may install the file and then may have a backup file. In the event that you have to install Microsoft Windows or whatever (this seems to be standard for Microsoft), save the file or whatever that tells the boot loader about the boot configuration, uninstall the boot loader (PRESERVING the file), change the boot partition, install Microsoft software, boot into the Linux system, change the boot partition, run the boot loader

I am sorry for this being so long, and I hope this helps
Old 02-01-2007, 09:29 AM   #3
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May be you can use this:


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