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Old 10-15-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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Help! I've installed Fedora Core2, now I can't boot into Windows!

I've installed Fedora Core 2 on a 20GB partition on my PC alongside the XP that was already there. The Linux install went smoothly. I accepted the default options except the one where it asks which OS you want the PC to boot into by default. It was set to Fedora but I wanted XP by default as it's shared PC and only I will use Linux, so I changed this option to 'other' or whatever it says. Now when I start my PC it brings up the Grub screen with to OS options - Fedora and 'Other', which I assume has to be XP. Like I say this is the default OS so if I don't change it it will boot into 'other'. Trouble is, rather than loading Windows as I expected, it launches into a series of 35 tests, interspersed with screens of what looks like German text (!?), the CD & DVD drives open and close, and eventually the PC starts to squeal - litterally, not figuratively. I press Esc and it settles on a DOS style screen at the C:\> prompt with the message 'not ready error reading drive A'. I have the options to Abort, Retry or Fail. Abort comes back to the prompt, the other two return the message. Since installing Linux, Windows hasn't been able to start up, but Linux loads perfectly every time if selected. Any ideas how I can re-cover Windows?

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Old 10-15-2004, 06:26 PM   #2
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LMAO sounds like you just installed the latest windows patch

ok now seriously...

boot into fedora, open up the grub boot loader from the menu and tell me what is in there.
Old 10-15-2004, 07:48 PM   #3
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use lilo its so much more simple can u get it on fedora??
Old 10-16-2004, 05:21 AM   #4
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FAO Finlay
Is this what you mean?

[root@localhost grub]# more menu.lst
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,2)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda5
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.5-1.358)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img
title Other
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
[root@localhost grub]#

The complete list of files in /boot/grub is:
[root@localhost grub]# ls -al
total 173
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 Oct 15 22:06 .
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 1024 Oct 15 21:59 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 82 Oct 15 22:06
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 7616 Oct 15 22:06 e2fs_stage1_5
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 7344 Oct 15 22:06 fat_stage1_5
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6656 Oct 15 22:06 ffs_stage1_5
-rw------- 1 root root 609 Oct 15 22:06 grub.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8160 Oct 15 22:06 jfs_stage1_5
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 11 Oct 15 22:06 menu.lst -> ./grub.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6848 Oct 15 22:06 minix_stage1_5
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9024 Oct 15 22:06 reiserfs_stage1_5
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3461 May 5 23:08 splash.xpm.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 512 Oct 15 22:06 stage1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 101800 Oct 15 22:06 stage2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6304 Oct 15 22:06 vstafs_stage1_5
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9096 Oct 15 22:06 xfs_stage1_5
[root@localhost grub]# pwd
Old 10-16-2004, 02:33 PM   #5
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ok see if this helps
Old 10-16-2004, 02:38 PM   #6
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I have the same situation u have(without the errors), a Windows Xp and a fedora core 2 but when i load mine the blue screen says DOS for windows and maybe u havent partioned it rite. If u havent then u should uninstall linux and reinstall windows,dl partitionmagic then try reinstalling Fedora


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