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> Mandrake 9.1 Bootloader Problem
The Warlock
post Oct 15 2003, 08:11 AM
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Okay, this is my first time attempting to use Linux. Since I heard that Mandrake was user-friendly, I tried that one. I installed from a FAT32 partition on my second hard drive to unallocated space which was automatically formatted as EXT2, and after it was done installing, when I rebooted it, it just gave me a bunch of hex digits looking something like this:

F 00 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 07 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 07 00 00 00 00 00
F 00 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 07 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 07 00 00 00 00 00
F 00 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 00 07 07 00 00 00 00 00
00 07 00 07 00 00 07 07 00

Then it did nothing, at which point my BIOS kicked in and gave me the option of pressing F1 to retry or F2 to change the CMOS stuff. I tried changing the bootloader from LILO to Grub (by booting with my hd.img Linux boot disk) but for that one it just showed the word GRUB followed by a blinking cursor (which did nothing). Even my BIOS didn't help me here; I had to use the power button.

I had to use my restore disks and completely reinstall Windows XP in order to fix the bootloader (and then it was just the standard Windows bootloader). What the hell is the matter with this? Why won't the bootloader work? And is there a simpler method to fix it if it messes up again (I don't like resetting my registry entries and drivers and such).
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post Oct 15 2003, 07:33 PM
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You don't need to reinstall XP from scratch.

If you have regular xp install CD you can boot to recovery mode and run the app fixmbr. This will restore the master boot record. The other method would be to boot a Win98 rescue floppy and run fdisk /mbr.

Did you create a boot floppy during the install? Do not install the bootloader to the the MBR. Then configure XP to boot linux

http://home.ubalt.edu/abento/linux/redhat-...dualbootNT.html
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post Oct 16 2003, 05:17 AM
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QUOTE (michaelk @ Oct 15 2003, 07:33 PM)
You don't need to reinstall XP from scratch.

If you have regular xp install CD you can boot to recovery mode and run the app fixmbr.  This will restore the master boot record.  The other method would be to boot a Win98 rescue  floppy and run fdisk /mbr.

Thtanks. I wish I knew this two days ago. biggrin.gif

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Did you create a boot floppy during the install?  Do not install the bootloader to the the MBR.  Then configure XP to boot linux

http://home.ubalt.edu/abento/linux/redhat-...dualbootNT.html

If that works for Mandrake as well as Redhat, then thank you very much!
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