Re: [linux-dell-laptops] MBR corruption
- Rosenstrauch, David wrote:
>I just did an "fdisk -l" on my 600m and it reported that HPFS/NTFS was
>>From what you describe it doesn't sound like the problem is
>>with the MBR but with the default boot partition (which has
>>moved/been deleted) and grub not being able to find it.
>>Taken from the grub man pages try the following:
>> grub> rootnoverify (hd0,0)
>> grub> chainloader +1
>> grub> makeactive
>> grub> boot
>>WARNING: the (hd0,0) above assumes that your XP partition is
>>on the first partition of the first disk, if not you will
>>have to adjust accordingly.
>Note also: there's an additional issue if your XP partition is not the first
>partition on the disk (or not on the primary disk): Windows expects to be on
>the first partition of the first disk, and won't boot if it's not.
>The way you get around that is by fooling Windows into thinking it's on the
>first partition by doing this:
>map (hd1,1) (hd0,0)
>map (hd0,0) (hd1,1)
>Note, in my case, Windows is on the 2nd partion on the 2nd disk, hence
>(hd1,1). Adjust accordingly. (e.g., for 2nd partition on primary disk:
on /dev/hda2. On /dev/hda1 is the Dell Utility.
(It's a dual-boot, XP/Mandrake 10.1 CE.)
Reality is complicated.
Bush is simple.