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> Messed up MBR!
post Dec 21 2010, 08:49 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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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:
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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post Dec 26 2010, 08:22 AM
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Its GNU/

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I am not familiar with ping linux.
In summary when linux is installed the bootloader is written to the same partition instead of the Master Boot Record. The bootloader is then copied to a file and saved on the windows c: drive. When the windows bootloader is executed it runs that bootloader code which starts linux.
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