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Old 01-04-2006, 02:30 PM   #1
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bootloader help

ok i had win xp installed and i use partiton magic to create the partitions, i then installed mandrivia but after that windows refused to boot it died half way through boot up.

So i reinstalled windows xp and now the bootloader is gone so how do i reinstall the bootloader, i tried doing it from the mandrivia rescue cd but it failed.
Old 01-04-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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First I would format the MBR.

Boot from windows98CD/floppy and type the following:

fdisk /mbr
Now reboot and use your mandriva rescue cd again.

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The Mandriva installer should do all the partitioning, and should also let your chose a bootloader setup. There are three basic options:

Grub on mbr of 1st drive
Grub on floppy
grub on **2nd** drive and use the BIOS config to switch the boot order (If your BIOS supports this.

If you can get into the Linux install, you can also use the grub command line to install grub somewhere.


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