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Old 05-24-2003, 06:47 PM   #1
BigDumbGremlin
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can u help me get win98 back?


I have a compulsive habit of messing with powers i just dont understand but i cant help it!

I have a dodgy, second hand, off a back of a truck laptop that had Linux and Windows 98 and a busted floppy drive on it. but hey for 30 quid ya cant beat that value!

So anyway i wanted to get rid of linux and just have windows 98 on it and someone suggested the fdisk command in dos mode. Away i go anyway doing that and it didnt work, wouldnt let be format it or something. So i go looking around for something to format...as i do....ah whats this i see... the D:\ partition!

Format that. looks like it took windows with it and now every time i turn on my laptop it comes to th grub> prompt.

So if ya can help me get back my precious windows which has most of my work in it id be grateful. And please feel free to call me a dumbass cause its what i am. Im off to tinker with some sockets with my fork now.
 
Old 05-24-2003, 06:50 PM   #2
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Ok BigDumb.
The best solution would be to install linux again. The second solutio would be to use fdisk to remove all partitions then run fdisk /mbr to restore the mbr then install winboze again.
 
Old 05-24-2003, 06:50 PM   #3
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get a rescue floppy or boot floppy for win98 and run fixmbr, whcih will erase grub from the mbr and put win98 default mbr bootloader in it
 
Old 05-24-2003, 06:53 PM   #4
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david are you sure he needs to install windows again??
i think he can recover the mbr without the installation. i recovered win2k like that before.


of course i agree with you that he needs to install linux again
 
Old 05-24-2003, 06:57 PM   #5
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nah - he doesn't need to reinstall but if he wants rid of linux completey he would be as well to recover all hdd space back again and partitions can confuse windoze users so I was suggesting going back to a single one.

You're right though - a simple:
fdisk /mbr

should fix it.
 
Old 05-25-2003, 09:24 AM   #6
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Forgive my ignorance but at the

grub>

what exactly do i type ?
 
Old 05-25-2003, 10:29 AM   #7
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1) nothing
2) put a windows boot floppy in the drive
3) reboot
4) make sure the BIOS is set to boot from floppy first
5) at the "A:\>" type "fdisk /mbr"
6) remove the floppy (a general point missed by a lot of windoze users)
7) reboot
 
Old 05-30-2003, 03:12 PM   #8
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What are the chances of this working off a usb floppy drive ?
 
Old 05-30-2003, 09:48 PM   #9
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It should work if you can confirm that USB is enabled with DOS running. Look in the BIOS for a setting whose help text mentions enabling USB devices in DOS - it will normally mention this in context with keyboards and mouses. It will go by the name of 'USB Legacy Support' or something like that. This means that the BIOS will set up USB support and not leave it to the OS to set up.

I hate to sound pessimistic, but if D: held any of the data you want to recover, then it's probably already gone to digital heaven.

Geoff.
 
  


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