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Old 10-05-2003, 07:53 PM   #1
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winxp not accessable

After about 18 hours of reading threads and trying every thing from the recovery console fixboot fixmbr the old win98 boot fdsik /fixmbr, many different grub configs and countless other third party software - i can not seem to get winxp to boot. i was setting up a dual boot with winxp and rh9(have done successfully with 98 in the past) and all was well till the reboot - grub lists both os but xp loops back to grub screen, of course like a silly person i did not back up files prior to install, and yes it is imparitive i am able to at least recover some irreplaceable files.

here is the last grub conf i left off at:
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making
changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This
means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to
/, eg.
# root (hd0,2)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
default 0
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-20.9)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-20.9 ro
root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.20-20.9.img
title WindowsXP
root (hd0,0)
unhide (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
"grub.conf" 20L, 650C 20,1

i also tried the hd0,0 hd 0,1 combos

and the fdisk -l info:
Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7753 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id
/dev/hda1 * 1 5721 43250728+ 7
/dev/hda3 5757 7617 14069160 83
/dev/hda4 7618 7753 1028160 82
Linux swap

as i stated i have spent about 18 totlal hours over the past coule of days trying to get xp to come back to life, crazy agin for no back up - of course the software and files for my business are stuck in the blackhole. I have made a feeble attempt to mount the ntfs partition from editing the fstab - but no sucess there..

any suggestions will be greatly greatly accepted! ;-)

thanks in advance
Old 10-05-2003, 11:06 PM   #2
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i am not sure if you know this already. redhat linux kernel has ntfs disabled due to patent issues. you can get a patch from if you are using redhat. linux will recognise ntfs in fdisk but will not be able to mount it

to test

try this

cat /proc/filesystems should list ntfs.

mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windowsxp

where windowsxp is a directory already existing will work if ntfs is supported.

you should be root user to do this

if you need more information post back

rahul sundaram
Old 10-06-2003, 06:11 AM   #3
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thanks for the info -
after issuing the command:
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windowsxp

error received:
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda1. or too many mounted file systems.

i am pretty sure the boot sector is completely hosed at this point, and as i mentioned in the other post - if i can gain access long enoght to grab a few files - i guess i need to blow on the partition and reinstall mickeysoft.


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