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Old 04-21-2006, 03:21 AM   #1
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removing fedora Core 4


hi guys,
need ya help.....

i'm dual booting window xp sp2 and fedora core 4...
but i deleted the linux partition and after i restart, was not able to start window xp...
i know something is wrong the the grub but not sure how to fix it....

so i used the window xp disc to enter the recovery console..used the commands, fixboot C: and fixmbr...
after finishing both, still unable to start XP...

can anybody tell me the correct way to do it??

thx
 
Old 04-21-2006, 03:32 AM   #2
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still unable to start XP...
what is exactly happening then? Any errors?
 
Old 04-21-2006, 07:44 AM   #3
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Smile I may be able to help you

I can props help u ,i've had this problem b4 but I need to know the layout of your partition table and if u know where the bootloader was located (if u can) i.e. on the MBR or the first section of the boot partition
 
Old 04-22-2006, 10:14 AM   #4
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if you ran fixmbr and windows doesnt start you may have accidentally killed windows. post any error messages you have, or better yet, get a live cd and check all your partitions.
 
Old 04-22-2006, 07:00 PM   #5
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i would recommend using BackTrack since it works well with NTFS partitions. It will also automount them for you and you can easily check to see if stuff is still there. Would also be a good place to rewrite parts of your MBR if you have to.
 
Old 04-23-2006, 09:40 PM   #6
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still unable to start XP...
what is exactly happening then? Any errors?

that time i was still unable to start window...cant really remember the error msg...but when i type fixmbr, i noticed this msg

"Writing a new master boot record to your system partition could damage your partition tables and cause your partitions to become inaccessible",

mostly probably the partitions become inaccessible, thats y unable to load window xp...
 
Old 04-23-2006, 09:40 PM   #7
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I can props help u ,i've had this problem b4 but I need to know the layout of your partition table and if u know where the bootloader was located (if u can) i.e. on the MBR or the first section of the boot partition

its on the MBR
 
Old 04-23-2006, 09:42 PM   #8
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if you ran fixmbr and windows doesnt start you may have accidentally killed windows. post any error messages you have, or better yet, get a live cd and check all your partitions.
kill window?? what do you mean ???

only ran the command fixboot and fixmbr..and nothing else...

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Old 04-24-2006, 03:05 AM   #9
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Ha1f means that you might have removed something that's essential for windows (e.g. you deleted the windows partition as well or Windows is on a non-bootable partition).

Use a live CD (e.g. knoppix) and run fdisk.
It will show which partitions you still have and which one is bootable. If the windows one is not bootable, make it bootable using fdisk.
Try the fixmbr story again after that.

If it still fails. you can mount the partitions and check (and fix) what's wrong.

If everything else fails, mount the partitions and backup important data. Next re-install windows.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 03:27 AM   #10
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Ha1f means that you might have removed something that's essential for windows (e.g. you deleted the windows partition as well or Windows is on a non-bootable partition).

Use a live CD (e.g. knoppix) and run fdisk.
It will show which partitions you still have and which one is bootable. If the windows one is not bootable, make it bootable using fdisk.
Try the fixmbr story again after that.

If it still fails. you can mount the partitions and check (and fix) what's wrong.

If everything else fails, mount the partitions and backup important data. Next re-install windows.

before typing the command "fixmbr", did see some msg saying running such command may make the partition non bootable....so to say the culprit is the fixmbr??
Why is it that others are able to fix the problem while some unable to do so??
random error???

Last edited by zinc00; 04-24-2006 at 03:28 AM.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 07:02 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by zinc00
before typing the command "fixmbr", did see some msg saying running such command may make the partition non bootable....so to say the culprit is the fixmbr??
Not necessary; you already could not access windows before running fixmbr.
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Why is it that others are able to fix the problem while some unable to do so??
random error???
Depends on what is wrong. If you accidently removed the windows partition instead of the linux partition, fixmbr will not help.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 07:52 PM   #12
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hi Wim
thx for the prompt reply,
with regards to what u said, i was still using windows before rebooting the pc...i cant possibly deleted windows beforehand..
 
Old 04-24-2006, 11:28 PM   #13
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Now you've lost me. OK, how did you delete the Linux partition? From within Windows? Probably and I should have realised.
In that case it's indeed not very likely that you've deleted the Windows partition as windows does not allow you to delete the partition which contains it.

Still think that a live-CD will be able to help you out.
 
Old 05-02-2006, 07:48 PM   #14
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so what do i do when i boot up using a live CD???
 
Old 05-03-2006, 12:28 AM   #15
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You can start by posting the output of the following commands in a terminal:
fdisk -l (fdisk -EL, not fdisk -one)
cat /etc/mtab

The first one will show you the partitioning of all harddisks, the second one will show what is mounted
Code:
root@btd-techweb01:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        1024     8225248+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2            1025        1090      530145   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3            1091        4278    25607610   83  Linux
/dev/hda4            4279        4865     4715077+   5  Extended
/dev/hda5            4279        4865     4715046   83  Linux
Yours will definitely look different. The last column shows the file system. For windows partitions, you will see HPFS/NTFS and/or something like W95 FAT32.
If there are no windows partitions, I think you have to re-install windows, else continue.
Code:
root@btd-techweb01:~# cat /etc/mtab
/dev/hda1 / reiserfs rw 0 0
proc /proc proc rw 0 0
/dev/hda3 /server reiserfs rw 0 0
/dev/hda5 /home reiserfs rw 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts rw,gid=5,mode=620 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs rw 0 0
If your windows partitions are shown here, they are already mounted and you can check their content. Suppose that /server was a windows partition, use the command cd /server and check the contents.
If it's not here, you have to manually mount the windows partitions. In that case, please post the output of cat /etc/fstab and we will take it from there.
 
  


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