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Old 06-12-2003, 07:11 AM   #1
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winxp problem after installing rh9

whenever i try and go into win xp, the windows xp load page comes up, but then after that it searches for autochk and another file. It says files not found, and then a blue screen comes up and says "system failure."

I tried to reinstall windows, but it won't let me install it on the right partition (it says its inactive).

I also tried the xp recovery, but it says i don't have access even after i enter the admin password.

someone please help me.

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Old 06-12-2003, 07:30 AM   #2
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You didn't overclock your system. did you? i got that error when i overclocked to values that Linux was happy with, but MS just wouldn't take. Actually i got all sorts of weird and wonderful error after overclocking (which is why i don't anymore).

After reinstalling windows, odds are you need to reinstall linux as well, since WinXP will reclaim the MBR (which means, odds are you are screwed) So backup. A slackware install cd will allow you to manually mount your /dev/hdWhatever to say /mnt and /floppy meaning you can transfer data to a second hard drive (not second partiton, that'd defeat the purpose)

As for Windows saying a partition is inactive ... last time that happened to me, i had to kill the partition tables, and start from scratch. (hence the backup comment above)

Now having been the messenger of Doom, anyone wanna break g3nk1 some good news?

Alright, let me, this is why XP sux.
Old 06-12-2003, 12:51 PM   #3
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Yesterday there was a discussion of a similar problem booting up Windows XP. Below is a link to that discussion:

Most of the people in that discussion were using Partition Magic 8. Most likely your are not, so that discussion may or may not be helpful. One of your error messages said that your Windows partition was not "active." When I use Partition Magic it has the ability to change whether any parition is active bootable or not. There are probably other ways to do that without using Partition Magic (I am just not sure how). Although I like Partition Magic I am not sure if I should recommend it or not. People still sometimes manage to get their systems messed up while using it.
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

Original post can be found here:

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