Boot problems

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Tabletop Expert, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. Tabletop Expert

    Tabletop Expert I want it to snow!

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    I have a problem with my boot sector I think, and I don't know how to fix it :( . I had xp home installed on hda and I installed red hat 9 on hdb. I decided to install grub boot loaded because I didn't have a boot loader. It worked fine my first two reboots but then it said hard drive error. I reinstalled linux and again it worked fine for the first two reboots and then again said hard drive error. I have since deleted linux from hdb and want to get rid of grub boot loader as I can't restart my computer unless I install linux again.

    I am being a vague here but I hope you can see where I am coming from.

    Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    fdisk /mbr will do the trick i guess, or use the xp recovery console and use the fixboot (not sure) command.
     
  3. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

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    You will need to boot to your Windows XP CD and lauch recovery console. From there, run the following commands:

    fixmbr
    fixboot

    That's it. DO NOT RUN FDISK/MBR as that will make a standard FAT bootsector (Windows 2000/XP has a special NTLDR bootsector).
     
  4. Tabletop Expert

    Tabletop Expert I want it to snow!

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    Cheers thanks alot I dont have a xp home disk but I can boot recovery console from the hard drive
     
  5. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    For the record, Fixboot replaces the bootfiles, NTLDR and such, 'fdisk /mbr' or 'fixmbr' only resets the mbr back to the HD's (not operating systems) original state. No version of Windows installs it's bootloader in the mbr only the active Windows system partition.
     
  6. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Something else to try>

    go to run --> type msconfig

    click boot.ini tab and click "Check boot paths"