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Old 11-03-2004, 07:34 AM   #31
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Probably the best thing is to wipe lilo.
Run a Win98's boot disk and fdisk /mbr *will* clear the mbr.
Like this WinXP has to boot by default.
have you tried booting with the WinXP's hd plugged only?
If so, what happened?
Keep us posted.
Old 11-21-2004, 11:37 AM   #32
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Mandrake 10 & XP

I have what appear to be similar problems to those described on previous posts.

On my office machine I have two hard 60 GB and the other 40 GB.

WinXP Pro is on the first 60 GB drive and Mandrake 10 is on the second 40 GB drive.

As a Linux newbie, it was my first attempt at doing a "dual boot", so my approach was cautious...didn't want to get into mixing operating systems on a drive.

Both were originally setup using clean installs.

Dual booting worked fine for several months...although perhaps a little slow booting into Mandrake.

I was away for a day and on the day I was off it appears that there was a brief power outage that caused my machine to reboot.

After that I was no longer able to boot into Windows XP Pro although I could boot into Mandrake 10 no problem.
Whenever I try to boot into WinXP I get an error message that the Windows system config file has been corrupted.

I can't fix the error using my WinXP CD.

I'm using LILO.

I don't have any files of consequence on the Mandrake drive but unfortunately I do have important files and apps that I need on the WinXP drive. So to get myself up and running quick and dirty I guess I'll just blow the Mandrake Drive away for the time being, reformat it as WinXP, rejumper it as master, rejumper the old drive as slave, do a reformat and then copy my files over...then blow the second drive away.

I'll set the second drive up as Linux at another time.
Old 11-21-2004, 04:35 PM   #33
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That is unnecessary...

Go into Mandrake and make yourself a rescue/boot CD using the provided utilities.

Then grab an old DOS disk (or you can even use the XP install disk via it's CONSOLE).

Bring up dos and type fdisk /mbr

You should then be able to reboot back into Windows.

Now use the boot CD to boot up Linux and then type "lilo" as root.

This should fix the problem(s).

Keep both disks around for safety.


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