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Old 04-20-2005, 12:45 AM   #1
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forgot to make partition bootable


lol.. whoops.

last night i reinstalled ubuntu (for X-teenth time) and forgot to set the root partition's bootable flag.. i finally rebooted my computer after being in xp for awhile and realized linux wont boot.

both xp pro and linux are on the same HD.

can i fix this somehow? can i boot with the cd and somehow log into my install and edit the grub file or something (ok now im just pretending i know what im talking about)..

if i cant get it to work, ill just delete the partition and reinstall (for X-teenth++ time), which is what iv done everytime iv ran into a problem with linux

anyways..
any help appreciated
 
Old 04-20-2005, 02:10 AM   #2
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I'm only answering cause you're on 0 replies, but I use LILO with Slack
and you don't need any bootable partitions at all.
 
Old 04-20-2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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oh.. so your replying out of spite then, eh? lol :P

could anyone help me?
 
Old 04-20-2005, 01:24 PM   #4
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use a live cd and cfdisk
 
Old 04-20-2005, 01:34 PM   #5
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Yeah, like the guy above said, use a live CD distro, or a bootdisk if you made one, get into an OS of some sort and run fdisk (or cfdisk) and set the partition to be bootable (I think that's also called 'active', but I'm not sure).
 
Old 04-20-2005, 04:13 PM   #6
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is there a way i can do this from within windows? ie, will something like partition magic be able to set a certain partition bootable (if anyone knows from experiance)
 
Old 04-20-2005, 04:29 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by nadroj
is there a way i can do this from within windows? ie, will something like partition magic be able to set a certain partition bootable (if anyone knows from experiance)
From (bad) experience Parttion Magic did not help me booting anything. Just f****d up the whole thing.

Please forgive my being rude tonight.
 
Old 04-20-2005, 05:24 PM   #8
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ok.. well i just deleted the partition and installed it again while iwas eating dinner

yay to avoiding solving problems

 
Old 04-20-2005, 06:56 PM   #9
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Well it's a shame you're impatient because I think even windows fdisk can set a partition as bootable.
 
Old 04-20-2005, 07:59 PM   #10
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i went to command line and typed fdisk and it gave error saying cant find or whatever ms' error msg is

yes.. figured that would be easiest thing to do (use fdisk in windows) but it didnt work so i started over once again. i didnt want to waste time burning and downloading a live cd when i didnt have anything important on my ubuntu install anyways

Last edited by nadroj; 04-20-2005 at 08:00 PM.
 
Old 04-20-2005, 09:33 PM   #11
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ok.. i reinstalled ubuntu AGAIN

and have the same problem.. its not booting to linux. i downloaded DSL and booted to that and used cfdisk and made the linux partition (the root / partition, not home or swap) bootable and turned my MS partition's bootable flag off. it then just gave error that no bootable media found, or something similar. so i just set it back to normal and im back in windows again.

what else can i try?
 
Old 04-20-2005, 11:17 PM   #12
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well i removed it all together.. again.. and put slack 10 on.
 
  


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