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Old 07-21-2004, 08:52 PM   #1
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windows upgrade ate my MBR....

Hey All,

First off - great site. I ran in to some problems last performing a Windoze XP upgrade, and I was completely shocked after rebooting and not seeing Grub. After reading through a few posts, I found out how to alleviate my pains. I'll summarize below in case anyone else runs into something similar.

I use Red Hat 9 on a Dell Inspiron with a pretty simple dual boot.

1. Booted Red Hat up in rescue mode (Disk 1 - enter 'linux rescue' at prompt)

2. Mounted my Linux system
# chroot(ed) /mnt/sysconfig

3. Attempted to reinstall grub on the MBR
# /sbin/grubb-install /dev/hda

4. Was notified that there were problems mounting /boot

Somehow I was able to install grub, but I could only get to the Grub menu by the following

(being in the Grub console)

grub>root (hd0,1)
grub>configfile /grub/grub.conf


After quite a bit of toiling I realized that the Windoze XP Pro upgrade changed my file system type from VFAT to NTFS. Apparently my kernel could not detect that type of file - so I re-installed XP Pro (of course making sure to use FAT).

5. Reran step 3 with success and viola... back as good as new.

I hope this helps someone....
Old 07-24-2004, 05:58 PM   #2
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Smile Excellent!

and give yourself a pat on the back for not freaking out (too much)...!

you kept cool under fire!

- perry
Old 07-26-2004, 08:58 AM   #3
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Location: Ecuador
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Mandrak can read ntfs


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