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Old 06-20-2006, 02:28 PM   #1
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Problem installation, messed up booting of my system, help

Hi, i was hoping someone in the know could help me to fix this seemingly mess i have got myself into after trying to install a new Linix Distro

First of all i am a major linux newbie.

But i had installed Suse 10.1 Linux a couple of days ago to my free partition. I had a 15gig partion as my windows C drive. Another 200Gig for my videos and MP3's etc.

And another spare 10 gigs. So i installed Suse onto this,

I did not like it however so i thought i would give something else a try,. I chose PClinixOS.

I ran the CD which booted PClinux as a liveCD. I then on the desktop chose to install it. I opened up in the installed my Suse paritions and deleated and formatted them all. There were three, including a Linix Swap.

I then installed onto the free space PCOSlinux.

I also decided to this time install a home on my free segments made up from suse.

However when i rebooted i could not load up neither Linux or windows. As when i installed suse a Grub loader came up which let me choose to load up either Suse or Windows.

Now after my bios i get Grub loader error number 17 and nothing loads.

How to i fix this so i can have my bootablity into Windows and this new linux again. As i am starting to get worried i have seriously messed up my system.

I would like it if possible to have it so i could automattically boot into Windows if nothing is pressed but to choose or force my system to boot into PCLinixOS.

But the main thing is, is how do i fix this Grub error so i can boot into windows again.

Old 06-20-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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There's a couple of things you can do:

1) boot from your windows disk into recovery mode and type fixmbr. This will restore the windows bootloader. From there you can just reinstall PCLinux OS

2) Get a live CD of some sort (like PCLinux OS for example) and boot from the CD. Then follow B5 from here (but change /dev/hda4 to wherever your /boot partition is).


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