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Old 11-01-2003, 08:26 AM   #1
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Boot problems with WinXP and Mandrake 9.1

I have been running WinXP over a year now with no problems. I decided about two weeks ago to try Linux so I installed Mandrake 9.1. Everything was find until about a week ago. Now I can't get XP to boot, the XP Home Edition screen comes up but that is far as it gets. XP keeps trying to boot over and over again until I let Linux boot. A screen comes up saying I have a registry error. I am having no problem with Linux. Is this a XP or Linux problem. I have 40 GB hd, I think I allowed 4 GB for Linux.

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Old 11-01-2003, 08:51 AM   #2
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Sounds like a windows problem sorry but.......

Windows XP Home really a bad version.......If you haven't updated that version in a long time it could have gotten corrupt.....

Had problems with Home version of Windows XP this version is to touchy.....I informed him to get a copy of Windows XP Pro.....

Try pressing F8 or F10 can't remember which one will get you to a screen to allow safe mode....But, select safe mode and see if this will get you in....Check for errors in System hardware configuration........

later good luck.....
Old 11-01-2003, 09:08 AM   #3
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I've tried all that good stuff, nothing has helped so far. I was just seeing if anybody had anything different to offer.

Old 11-01-2003, 09:50 AM   #4
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Well I use XP Pro and I had a similar problem. I ended up putting in the XP disc and going into the repair section. Once you log in with your windows name and password then it bring up a DOS prompt and you can type FIXMBR to repair the master boot record. There was also another command relating to the boot procedures, but i cant remember what it is, so just type HELP when you get to the prompt. Hopefully you can get your MBR repaired and get into windows.


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