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Old 09-14-2003, 06:40 PM   #1
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Question loader problem


I had two winXP installed on my HD. One on each paratition. The MBR used to load the xp on drive D where I used to work.

I installed Mandrake 9.1 on drive C (hda1) after erasing the XP on it, with LILO on the MBR as the new loader. It found the XP on drive D (hda2) while installing, but when I select it on boot, it writes on the screen: "Loading windows" and nothing happens.

When I select Linux it starts fine. I check through the linux the hda2 and everything there still in place as I saw it last time before the Linux installation.

How can I make XP (NTFS-hda2) starts from LILO ?

Please help.
Old 09-15-2003, 01:58 AM   #2
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When you install any windows on any partition, the boot files (such as *.ini) are placed in the primary partition (C in your case).

So, when you installed Linux in C, even though XP was on D, you can't access it as the boot files were in C and you have deleted it. I think you have to do a reinstall after taking backups, and remeber to install linux in the secondary partitions.


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