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Old 09-02-2003, 07:54 AM   #1
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Exclamation I think I really messed up here...

Ok, I was using Windows 2000 pro, and thought, "Hey, I have an extra hard drive, I'm gonna install Mandrake on it!" Well, I did. Unfortinately, I couldnt get the loader to give me the option to boot windows if I wanted to. I was feeling a serious need to do some Flash animation, so I tried deleting Mandrake to try to recover my Windows. According to all those partition managing utilities, my windows installation is still there. However, when I attempt to boot, instead of verifying the dmi, It spits out about six rows of 01010101010101010101010101.... I dont speak binary, but that doesn't seem to be a good thing. Please help.
Old 09-02-2003, 08:23 AM   #2
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did you try to :
fdisk /mbr
to try and get back to windows? i think thats what your saying you want to do...and if not, then fire up mandrake, and depending on your bootloader edit the grub.conf or lilo.conf file in the /etc/ folder to add windows xp to the boot options..
Old 09-02-2003, 08:49 AM   #3
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I formatted the partition that had mandrake on it. I could use the slackware disk tor un that command (if i knew what it did).
Old 09-02-2003, 08:56 AM   #4
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# How do I uninstall Linux completely and keep/use Windows only?
How to Remove Linux and Install Windows 2000
How to Remove Linux and Install Windows XP
You can remove lilo from the mbr with
/sbin/lilo -u
You can remove grub or lilo from the mbr by booting with a Windows 98 boot floppy (at the prompt, type fdisk /mbr), or by using the Windows XP Recovery Console or the Windows 2000 Recovery Console
Old 09-02-2003, 09:00 AM   #5
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Your system will boot whatever is in the Master Boot Record (MBR). Windows has it's own loader on the MBR to boot windows. Normally in linux we use a loader, such as Lilo (linux boot loader) or Grub (grand unified boot loader), in the MBR to boot the system. I think either loader will boot both linux and windows but i read that grub is better for linux/winxp. To fix your problem you need a boot loader. You could use the windows loader by using the repair utility on a windows 2k / xp cd (just boot from the cd), you may be able to load this from a floppy disk. If you reinstall linux you can set up either grub or lilo on your MBR and boot windows / linux that way. (there are plenty - how do I use grub / lilo threads about).

I hope this helps!

Old 09-02-2003, 10:18 AM   #6
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actually, I just kinda wondered what all the 1010101010's meant when the bios verifies the dmi pool data


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