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Old 12-19-2004, 03:51 AM   #1
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Vancouver
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Dual booting XP/MDK 10.1 problem

Hello everyone!

Let me start off describing my previous working configuration:

I had C, D and E drive and a Windows XP Pro. I had the XP on C and installed Mandrake Linux 10.1 on drive D successfully and one day I decided to format my hard disk and install everything once again.

Now, I partitioned my hard disk like:

10 GB for drive C ( Windows XP installation )
20 GB for drive D ( Windows XP programs )
and the rest of 80 GB I left it for Linux.

I installed Windows with no problem and as I tried to install Linux, I let it automatically partition the 80GB.
I installed LILO as my boot loader and then, when it asked me to install updates, I clicked OK and after sometime I got error messages regarding linux being unable to install the updates. It gave me two option to continue installing the rest of the updates or exiting. I chose EXIT and it restarted.
After my computer was up, it just showed: "L" and got stuck.

I tried to reinstall the lilo by inserting installation CD and typing rescue in the prompt. but it didn't help.

Any ideas?

Thanks alot!!

Old 12-19-2004, 05:35 AM   #2
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First off reinstall Linux again and don't use the update utility.

If you are desperate to use XP again you can use rescue mode from the XP CD.


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