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Old 08-09-2004, 07:07 AM   #1
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MBR problem

Hey all, I'm in some serious trouble at the mo. I installed slack (lilo bootloader) and the install went fine, untill I tried to boot into windows - i got an error message - a typical windows one at that - "there is a problem with your harddrive" "may be from a virus, may be from a newly installed haddrive" etc etc.

N.b. before i installed slack, i did forget to disable the bios AV.

Next, i booted up into partition magic using the floppies it provides and deleted the slack partition, thinking this was the problem. Again, when i booted I get the vague error message. I then reinstalled windows xp and it worked fine *from the install*. However, when I then reboot, i get the same error message again.

I have tried formatting and reinstalling again after this, and i tried fixmbr and fixboot and chkdsk in the recovery system.

The fixmbr did tell me I had an unrecognized mbr - which is odd - but i still got the error message when rebooting. (Note: msfot does say, that fixmbr doesn't restore all the mbr, just some of it.)

I can boot fine into floppies and cds fine, which leads me to believe that its the mbr still.

Is there anyway to restore all the mbr - maybe like a program or something?

Please help me

Thanks so much
Old 08-09-2004, 07:36 AM   #2
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To rewrite the MBR with windows XP's, boot from the Windows CD-ROM and use the recovery console. At the console prompt type FIXMBR and Y to confirm. Then reboot.
Old 08-09-2004, 07:40 AM   #3
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Yes I have done that

Check my post:

i tried fixmbr and fixboot and chkdsk in the recovery system.
lol, thanks for the fast reply anyway
Old 08-09-2004, 08:05 AM   #4
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You may want to try and boot up the Slackware cd and fire up fdisk or cfdisk to partition the drive with it. Delete all the partitions that show (if any) and write one new one, type Win95 Fat 32 or FAT 16. Write the change. Then pop in your Win disk and try to install Windows. I had a similar thing happen after a FreeBSD install.
Old 08-09-2004, 08:10 AM   #5
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Okay - will try that - thanks dude
Old 08-09-2004, 12:13 PM   #6
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if tht doesnt work....enter some bootdisk & type da foll @ da prompt
C:\> fdisk /mbr

tht would regenerate ur mbr from ntldr

then u can add bootloader from linux installation CDs(rescue) nd add the entries of ur partitions..

i think tht shud help !


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