stuck with 2 versions of OS post#1

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by greggustin, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    Had WinME
    on older system
    somehow during install of WinXP
    I wound up with a dual boot system
    (black screen with white text letters)
    I searched system
    did not find dup windows folders or anything like that
    i have lived with it for past few months
    as this is only used a a 4th gaming system on home LAN
    BUT - sound card failed
    so tried to replace it
    (with 2 different models with original CD)
    had install issues
    so - tried to use on board sound
    (went into bios setup)
    still have issues - thinks it is in use
    uninstalled all other sond card drivers
    finally got windows to 'recognize' on board sound
    but cannot get software/driver issues remedied
    I am guesing this might be from my dual OS problem

    suggestions/recommendations please
     
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  2. madmatt

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    Edit the BOOT.INI file and remove the entry for Windows ME.

    NOTEPAD "C:\BOOT.INI"
     
  3. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    will try that
    but both choices are for WinXP
     
  4. madmatt

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    Delete the second of the two.
     
  5. fimchick

    fimchick OSNN Senior Addict

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    make a backup of your current boot.ini (copy it to a subfolder on c and call it boot.old, for example) and then edit the boot.ini and remove the first entry. reboot.
    MAKE SURE YOU HAVEA BOOTDISK so that you can still boot and get into DOS if it causes problems.

    if that doesn't do it, restore the backup and keep the first line but remove the second.
     
  6. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    ok
    will try
    I have 2nd friend who was having issues with Win
    tried to do reinstall/repair
    and had some crash due to bad cmos error from bad battery
    now has 2 boot option
    win and setup
    shall he try same as me? delete line from boot.ini
     
  7. madmatt

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    I beg the differ, I wouldn't remove the first entry. Normally the first entry is the one that matches up with the "boot loader" information.

    i.e.

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    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    
    If the portion before the "=" sign doesn't match up with the information in the "boot loader" section then you are going to have even more problems.

    And speaking from experience Windows adds the latest OS installation before others.
     
  8. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    please help and be 'specific' as to what I should do
    THANKS

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Alternatively, you can go to the control panel and delete one of the boot-options, or remove the option for multiple boot-options.

    I don't know if that is easer for you to do than editing things that you are not sure about.
     
  10. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    What you should do is hit the Windows Key + Pause/Break, which will bring up your system Properties (alternatively, right click my computer and go to properties. Choose the Advanced Tab, and under Startup and Recovery click Settings. In the top section, where it says System Startup, click the edit button in the bottom right corner. It will show the same file as you pictured above, but will give you the option to delete the second line.

    When you boot, which one do you select? The first or the second option? If you choose the first, delete the second, and vice-versa.
     
  11. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    From the picture above click 'check all boot paths'. See how that goes.

    Another easy way to see what system is what is to rename in between the quotes. eg, "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" to "whatever you like". Rebbot, now you will see the name change. Select it & see if it boots. You'll then know which one to delete & rename if neccesary.
     
  12. greggustin

    greggustin OSNN Addict

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    ok - onceI know which one to reboot
    are there other changes to that ini file
    or tp other files?
    thanks for all suggestions
    you guys are great
    ps
    a friend said
    try
    fdisk /mbr
    what will that do?
     
  13. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Don't do that fdisk /mbr. You'll wipe your hard drive clean. If it is now only showing one system (booting straight in) leave it alone. All done. :)
     
  14. greggustin

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    I renamed the bottom one to XXX
    so - I guess i just delete that line
    as it is not the one I boot
     
  15. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    From what I see in the picture these two lines for partition 2 match showing that it is the one that is default and therefore active:

    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Seems it should be safe to remove this line:

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
     
  16. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    That's all you have to do.
     
  17. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Yup, delete that line and you will be in the clear, no more issues :)
     
  18. greggustin

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    ta dah
    where you guys been all my life ? ? ? ?
    ty
    :)
    ps
    now if I can get a sound card to work again
    still no luck with the embedded sound system
     
  19. kcnychief

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    Do you have the drivers installed?

    How is it listed in Device Manager?
     
  20. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Seeing as you went from ME to XP you will need the XP drivers for your sound card. Go to the manufacturer home page & download it. Also turn off the onboard sound in the bios. Remove the old ME driver then install the XP driver.......maybe........see what they say at the download site.