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Old 12-10-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Dual boot Win7/syslinux help needed...


Hello...

I am not the most skilled but handy Linux user...
And so i came across a new SSD drive...
Took a cloning software and cloned my dual boot drive and cloned it to the ssd...
All went fine...windows boots...and i get my bcd boot menu with linux as selection as usual.
But when i select it...i just get a blank screen with a nice but not so helping "boot error" prompt in the upper left corner...
I compared all files and folders via ext2fsd in windows (mayby i ruined right with that...who knows)
But all looks good/promising...

Is there any one out there, who could help me out?
Or at least tell me, why it yells boot error at me?

Thx in advance...

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Old 12-10-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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Which linux distro? Is this an efi or mbr system? Partition layout? Grub, lilo, other? Need more information about your system setup to be able to help.
 
Old 12-10-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hello...

It is a mbr system.
4 gig ram, AMD Athlon II 250, Radeon 7450 something
64 gig hard drive
First partition: 256 mb for system ext4
Second partition 4 gig for storage ext4
Third partition 55 gig windows NTFS active

Bootmanager is/was Windows BCD
mbr for linux is located in c:\NST\linux.mbr
And all worked well until cloning...old drive still boots just fine...
How can i fnd out the distro?

Thx so far:
 
Old 12-10-2015, 12:34 PM   #4
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It looks like something didn't get put back in the exact location as before and therefore the booting problem. You will need a linux live cd to get things fixed. You can use controlpanel/administrive/compuermanagemnet/diskmanagment to make sure the partition that linux was on still exist. I think it will be listed as unknown volume or something like that. There are some programs will allow you to view a linux partition from windows.
 
Old 12-10-2015, 12:44 PM   #5
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system and kernel files are in the system partition still existing...
Using ext2fsd to look at them...
Is there a easy to understand how to around how to get my setup switched over to grub?
Or any other easy linux bootmanager?

Thx!!
 
Old 12-10-2015, 07:45 PM   #6
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How can i fnd out the distro?
The file /etc/issue will usually have that information or something similar in /etc.
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Is there a easy to understand how to around how to get my setup switched over to grub?
Or any other easy linux bootmanager?
Easybcd will allow you to add the entry neogrub to the windows bootloader from which you should be able to boot linux distro. neogrub is a spin of grub legacy therefore has similar commands and counts drives and partitions from 0.

Another option is to get boot-repair disk and run the boot-info script and possibly boot repair
http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/

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Old 12-11-2015, 10:24 AM   #7
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Hello and thx for the hint with the iso...
I did run the program...and regarding to system scan, both systems are installed...
But a repair did nothing good to it...still boot error...
 
Old 12-11-2015, 10:37 AM   #8
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By the way...i inspected the files on the System partition from where linux should boot...
Is that correct that they all have the same rw permission and none of them the x (execute) permission?
Tried to change that with the Iso OS but i don't have the permission...any idea?
Owner is root

Thx
 
Old 12-11-2015, 01:11 PM   #9
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Made Image of My Windows and try to redo the whole deal...hopefully i can just add the imaged windows afterwards on the drive and simpy add it to the Linux bootlaoder
 
Old 12-11-2015, 02:46 PM   #10
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Now i am at the state where it boots to Linux
And i added
LABEL Windows
KERNEL chain.c32
APPEND hd0 2

The chain.c32 i had to copy from windows (ext2fsd) because the boot repair iso is not letting me editing the files on the drive.

But when i boot now and type "windows" it says: booting windows...no file or directory or something like that

How can i see what it wrong?
First partition is System Linux and active for boot
Second is Ext4 4 gig for storage
Third is NTFS with windows from backup image

And my thought was...counting HDD begins with 0 and partitions also...thats why i choose hd0 2

Please help

Unfortunately, i am carrying my ssd now from one pc to another to test that...which is pretty time consuming...
Just saw, that Windows partition was logical...changed it to primary...is that of some meaning for boot?
Is there any way to edit the extlinux.conf direct on the machine?
It is more than annoying... THX

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Old 12-11-2015, 06:30 PM   #11
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Is there any way to edit the extlinux.conf direct on the machine?
You should be able to edit the file in linux from a console as root.
 
Old 12-11-2015, 07:28 PM   #12
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counting HDD begins with 0 and partitions also..
The menu entry you posted in your last post is from syslinux. Where did that come from? I thought you were using Grub. In any case, syslinux
counts drives from zero and partitions from one. You can see this at the syslinux site below.

http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.p...boot/chain.c32

No Linux distribution that I am aware of requires its boot partition to be marked as active. Windows requires this and also requires that its boot files be on a primary partition. In post 3 you indicate you have Linux on a 4GB partition. I'd be curious to know which Linux you are using as you haven't disclosed that yet. Most major Linux distributions are not going to fit on a 4GB partition.
 
Old 12-14-2015, 08:05 AM   #13
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Hello and thank you very much for your posts...

I gave up because i needed the machine (my wife listens to music with it in the living room...and my time ran up...)
I ended up and put an ubuntu on it...

Windows is gone...So i am happy that i had just a few documents, which i saved on NAS prior...
As i found out meanwhile:
syslinux 6.03 is not working with chain.c32 anymore for some reason...

But i am happy that you guys tried to help...
If there would be a survey button, you all would get a excellent...

Read you next time
 
  


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