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Old 09-07-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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boot problem after using mandrake 10 to write to FAT32 partition

Hi, yesterday after using mandrake 10 to download ome files from the internet to my FAT32 partition, i couldnt boot up at all after i restarted my computer. when it tries to boot into my hard disk, it displays around four or five rows of "99", like this:

L99 99 99 99..(and so on)

I thought it was safe to use linux to write to FAT32 partitions? or was it not such a good idea after all? and what should i do to boot into my hdd?
Old 09-08-2004, 12:19 AM   #2
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Do you have mandrake and windows on the same partition.
If so which boot loader are you using.

Try and repair your MBR(master boot record) and that should help.

I personally have never come accross errors writing to FAT32 partitions form Linux.
Old 09-08-2004, 12:27 AM   #3
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mandrake and windows are on different partitions but the same hdd. Using lilo booter

anyway i reinstalled mandrake once more... i certainly hope this doesnt happen again ><
Old 09-08-2004, 02:25 AM   #4
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I have had nothing but problems with Lilo. You should always use Grub when it is available. It is so easy to reinstall to, just use a live cd, mount the partition, chroot into it and type grub-install /dev/hda


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