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Old 01-19-2004, 10:22 AM   #1
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Dual booting problem on window 98 and mandrake linux 9.2 - can't use any os

I made two partitions on my harddisk. One has window 98 installed and I 've installed mandrake 9.2 linux for the other partition. After installing the linux, I got a dual booting screen to select either linux or window. If I select linux, it asks me to provide login/password information. During the installation, it didn't ask me any security information so I am not sure what it asks me.

The other problem is if I select window, it prompt me to provide window startup command.
For example, in prompt screen, I have something like
Type the command to start the window(e.g. c:\windows\command.exe

I tried a lot of commands to execute the window but it didn't work.
I tried some linux or dos command to see the file structure but it didn't take any of them.

I appreciate for any help. Thank you in advance
Old 01-19-2004, 10:33 AM   #2
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I know you have provided security informations at the time, you install mandrake 9.2 it is a mandatory part of the installation process. Login normaly requires that you type your username and passwd. The only user currently allow to log in on the system, is proberly root. To log in as root, type root when asked for a username. Type that passwd you set, when your install mandrake. Have you completely forgotten you passwd. Searce the forum, you should be able to find a solution.
Though I have 10+ years expirience as a Windows user, I have never seen dos start up insteed of windoes, like this. however old computer books from the earliset dasy of win 3.1 (not win 3.11) sugest to type:
But if it works i am not sure about. This command may very well not be present in even win 95.
hope I could help and welcome to the free world.
Old 01-19-2004, 10:37 AM   #3
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Normally starting windoze is via c:\windows\

Old 01-19-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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hmmm...i guess...u need to re-install a clean year's time to clean up the drive.....
Old 01-19-2004, 10:54 AM   #5
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The fact that your DOS prompt shows A>... is a cause of worry on it's own. If that is really the exact prompt that you see... then I must say, check your floppy and CD drive. If it's neither of those, then I must say, in my 5+ years of admin'ing Windows boxes, I've never seen such error.

But if it's actually a C> prompt, it means that your startup system files somehow got screwed. My bet, is even running now wouldn't be much help.


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