Re: MBR problem/Dual Boot
- Hello there,
thanks to all replies so far. as i reinstalled linux (no update from
8.0), i simply
accepted the default boot-loader option of GRUB.
I checked the status of my xp-partition with cfdisk and it was
initially a (visible)
ntfs partition (as it should be, correct?)
since i`ve played around with manually editing my /boot/grub/menu.lst
what damien advised and what i'd seen in numerous other places on the
seemed to help, as now the booting of windows would start - but then
i get an error
"autocheck program not found" and boot terminates. cfdisk now tells
xp-partition is a hidden ntfs and "bootable". just as i was about to
assume i?d have
to reinstall xp i found something on another group that seems to be
problem i'm having:
apparantly the resolution was simply unhiding the partition with
question now is though: is that really a safe thing to do? read
that might not be a good idea...
again, thanks for the help so far!
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> ahhh this sounds all too familiar.those
> i suspect you've ended up with a hidden XP partition. its one of
> joys of microspaz.visible/unhidden,
> boot into linux and run cfdisk.
> choose 'type'
> and make sure the type of partition for XP is set to
> FAT32 or whatever yours is supposed to be (it might have been NTFS)having with
> be VERY careful....
> good luck
> astuermer2001 wrote:
> > Hey there,
> > hoping someone here will be able to help me with a problem I'm
> > dual booting on my Dell Inspiron 8200...dual
> > I installed SuSE 8.2 alongside my XP Home, wanting to emulate the
> > booting set-up I had previously with SuSE 8.0, ie. using the XPboot-loader.
> > Must've screwed something up, cause I get the black screen withblinking
> > cursor after start-up and go nowhere from there. Thankfully Ican use Linux,
> > booting through the Installation DVD's. Seems there's no way tofix the MBR
> > with the XP-Recovery CD (for me), as the admin password requireddoes not
> > seem to be identival to that of the admin user... Or am I wrong?MS online
> > help only works for me if I could get at my XP Control Panels...Is it a risk to
> > just reinstall Linux and let it write LILO or GRUB to the MBR?What's the best
> > way email@example.com
> > Thanks for any help you can give me!
> > Cheers, Arne
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- On Mon, 2003-09-01 at 16:30, astuermer2001 wrote:
> Hello there,arne
> thanks to all replies so far. as i reinstalled linux (no update from
> 8.0), i simply
> accepted the default boot-loader option of GRUB.
> I checked the status of my xp-partition with cfdisk and it was
> initially a (visible)
> ntfs partition (as it should be, correct?)
> since i`ve played around with manually editing my /boot/grub/menu.lst
> according to
> what damien advised and what i'd seen in numerous other places on the
> web. last
> attempt was:
> title windows
> rootnoverify (hd0,1)
> chainloader +1
> seemed to help, as now the booting of windows would start - but then
> i get an error
> "autocheck program not found" and boot terminates. cfdisk now tells
> me the
> xp-partition is a hidden ntfs and "bootable". just as i was about to
> assume i?d have
> to reinstall xp i found something on another group that seems to be
> exactly the
> problem i'm having:
> apparantly the resolution was simply unhiding the partition with
> cfdisk. my
> question now is though: is that really a safe thing to do? read
> somewhere else,
> that might not be a good idea...
> again, thanks for the help so far!
Unhiding the partition won't change the partition itself, but only set
the 'hidden' flag in the mbr to off. It won't change the contents of the
partition, or damage the mbr. I've used it many times on fat32 and ntfs
partitions without any problems.
If you are paranoid about causing a problem, you can backup your mbr(s).
Use the dd program. For example, the command:
dd if=/dev/hda of=backupofmbr_hda bs=512 count=1
Will save the partition information to a file (backupofmbr_hda). You can
save this file on a floppy or somewhere. You might also like to backup
the mbr of /dev/hda1 (if windoze is on hda1) - just edit the command
Then, play with cfdisk, make your changes and boot windows.
If you don't like the changes, then restore the mbr as follows:
dd if=backupofmbr_hda of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
Have fun, and read man dd.
Using Linux on the Inspiron 1100: