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Old 07-28-2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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error loading operating system message after fresh install

Hi there i'm a relative newbie and have been playing around with mandrake before. I thought i would reinstall it on a seperate drive after a year. FOr some reason, the computer doesnt boot after the install (which completes with no errors) .... intially i got LI 01 01 etc.... but found that it was because the IDE channel for the HD on which the linux partition was installed was disabled (silly me) having changed it to autodetect the HD, the system now gives an error saying "error loading operating system"....

i have purchased a DVD-RW in between the two installations and the IDE configuration is as follows:

Primary : Master : 30Gb HD with WinXP
Slave: DVD-ROM

Secondary : Master: DVD-RW
Slave: 20 Gb HD on which Linux is installed

Could it be the configuration of theses drives? I need to have the two DVD drives on different channels as windows (whispers) XP says its faster when copying discs on-th-fly..... does any one have any ideas? I dont have "grub" but i'm told its less happy dual booting into XP so i havent tried.

By the way, i selected the "save to MBR" option as everyone suggests in the forum.....

ANy help would be greatly appreciated.... i'm itching for linux.....
Old 07-28-2005, 06:02 PM   #2
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Angry I have the same problem

I have the same problem Maverick. I had Mandrake 10.1 installed, but wanted it gone from my system completely. After deleting all partitions, and using my M$ XP disk for deleting MBR, I can't get the OS (Slackware 10.1, which installed without errors) to load. I've tried altering various BIOS settings relating to the research I spent hours on last night, no effect. I just want a single boot system that works. Anybody?
Old 07-29-2005, 07:30 AM   #3
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I managed to install Mandy on the free space on my Windows hardrive.... and it boots into windows/linux fine....

SO i think the problem lies in the second hardrive and linux/lilo..... does anyone know why this may be happening? The harddrive is faultless, its currently formatted under NTFS and singing happily.... i suppose i can boot off the partition residing on my first HD and use the second one for extra space but its the principle.... i would like to know what linux is kickin up a fuss......


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