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Old 05-25-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Bootloader (MBR) erased by XP (different ISSUE)

My issue is diferent from all others issues about this topic. I've lost my linux instalation CDS (Fedora) with my images too, so I cant recover the "mess" with that. Recently I reinstaled WinXP but I forgot that my linux bootloader was instaled at my MBR. So guess what... yes XP erased my linux bootloader and now I've an inacessible partition (where FEDORA is instaled). There's any chance that I can boot my Linux again ? I've tried tons of bootloaders out there but none helped cus none can find the bootsector of my linux (that's make sense). So I was searching for a boot diskette (not for installation) or something but didnt find. So resuming... there's any chance at all that I can access my Linux again without formating ? Thank you for your time/attention.

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Old 05-25-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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You shouldn't need to have your installation disks - there's ways to fix this without having them (and naturally without reinstalling). Try reading through this thread, it explains pretty well what I'd just be typing again here. I believe that Fedora uses Grub by default, so anything that says lilo will be grub instead.

I'm not too familiar with the grub file syntax, but there should be tons of sample dual-boot config files out there (and on this site). Try searching around here for more instructions on how to actually get grub setup correctly.

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Old 05-25-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thank you I'll read that carefully.
Old 05-25-2005, 08:48 PM   #4
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Well firstly everything looked good.

I booted with tom's boot disk and did this:

mkdir floopy
mount /dev/fd0 /floopy -> to copy boot.b that are located in the diskette (didnt have it at /boot in Fedora)
mount /dev/hda3 /mnt -> mounted my fedora partition
cp /floopy/boot.b /mnt/boot
vi /mnt/etc/lilo.conf -> I tried some new confs cus I used grub instead of lilo (anyway I tried lilo)
lilo -r /mnt

I tried this too:

chroot /mnt /sbin/grub-install

but somehow there's a issue about my libs and I cant fix it. Cant execute cus of some lib dependencys.

About lilo I was unlucky cus lilo dont support cylinder bigger than 1024 (I know some issues to resolve this but I cant cus I want my partition intact) so after tons of hours, tons of trys, tons of possible things imaginable. I give up. I'll get the cds again and I'll try to repair. Friends of mine said that didnt solve their problems even with the cd repair... anyway I'll try it. If that dont fix the bootloader, well hell to this and I'll format and reinstall all over again. I'm around this for about 2 days and I really tryed almost everything. Anyway thank you for your support.


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