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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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LinMark
post Dec 25 2010, 02:06 PM
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>>How to boot linux from windows.
http://oreilly.com/pub/h/2337 <<


Thanks Michael for your help!
I read the above link you gave.
It is very long and complicated, especially with all of the comments and their variations for solutions.

The main article finally mentions adding the following line to the boot.ini

c:\grub.bin="Linux"

after doing a bunch of other things first.

What I would like to know is the following.
I have WinXP installed and bootable right now on c:
I have PING (Syslinux) installed and bootable right now on f:
Both are on one physical drive (c: and f: are just partitions on the same IDE drive)

*Can I simply add a line or two to my WinXP boot.ini along the lines of the one above to get
my f: PING partition to boot?*

If so, what would the exact syntax be?
Would this work?

[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows
XP Professional"
/fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\LINUX="PING Merry Syslinux"
/fastdetect
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