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> Messed up MBR!
LinMark
post Dec 21 2010, 08:49 PM
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OK I have been a bad boy, I admit it!

Now I hope I can enlist your help to get me out of trouble and back up and running. smile.gif

I'll make a long story short.

My system:
WinXP SP2
Four drives: c,d,e,f
At the moment the built-in USB ports don't function at all (busted).
I have just installed a PCI USB card with 4+1 USB ports, but can't boot with the 4 so far.
No floppy and my CD/DVD drive is a USB drive.
So basically I don't have any fall-backs to boot with.

In my haste, when I installed Syslinux on f:, I wiped out the MBR!

Now when my system boots, it boots to f: (PING) and I don't know how to fix the mbr so I can get back to WinXP on c:.

If anyone can get me out of this jam I would REALLY appreciate it!

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michaelk
post Dec 22 2010, 10:19 AM
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I've never played with a PCI USB card so I am unsure if they are bootable or how to do so. The only way I see to repair the MBR would be to stick the drive into another PC and run the fixmbr utility from a XP install CD. I would unplug the other drives.
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LinMark
post Dec 23 2010, 07:30 PM
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I've never played with a PCI USB card so I am unsure if they are bootable or how to do so. The only way I see to repair the MBR would be to stick the drive into another PC and run the fixmbr utility from a XP install CD. I would unplug the other drives.


Thanks Michael.
I managed to get up and running again by plugging in another hard drive with XP into IDE2 and then changing the active partition in system manager.

On this theme, do you know how to set up the boot.ini in XP to dual boot my two systems (XP and SysLinux)
and not get locked into a corner again? smile.gif
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