XP is impossible to install. Operative system not found or a black screen.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Bastupungen, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. Bastupungen

    Bastupungen OSNN Junior Addict

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    Hello!

    I installed Mandrake Linux 10.0 RC1 a couple of days ago and now my computer is totaly screwed up, atleast XP is. When i installed Mandrake the installation was smooth and i didn't have any problems. I installed Lilo as the boot loader. Linux loads up fine but XP did not. When i tried to start it i got a black screen with an marker loading(|_|_|_|_|_ ..like that). I left the computer for 10 min but nothing happend.

    So i decided that i should try to reinstall windows xp. i got past the partitioning and the copying of the files but when the computer restarts i get operation system not found(translated from swedish). I have tried to do fixmbr, fixboot, fdisk /mbr, nothing really works. If i try to install windows first then Mandrake linux(with Lilo). then i get the black screen if i choose windows in lilo. I have tried to install win98 too. That worked just fine.

    It seams like my computer just have started to HATE win XP. But i reallt need windows XP for my work. How can i fix this? any ideas?
     
  2. Aussie983

    Aussie983 ßµ®ηiή Şiliςδη

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    Have you tried reformatting the entire hd...including the linux partition?
     
  3. Bastupungen

    Bastupungen OSNN Junior Addict

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    I have tried to format the linux partition and the windows partition. But not the entire harddrive... what diffrence would that do?
     
  4. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Try running fdisk. Get a floppy with say win 98 boot disk to it and doing fdisk.
     
  5. Bastupungen

    Bastupungen OSNN Junior Addict

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    And format the entire drive?
     
  6. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Well you can slice it up nicely into partitions and start from scratch.

    I know it's a last resort, if you don't find a solution.
     
  7. Ded Morozh

    Ded Morozh I don't DISlike you...

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    Multi-OSing

    If you like to use multiple OSes, or just like testing them out, you might want to look into Partition Manager, it has a built in boot manager. I personally don't use it for that, I stick with windows. But, my friend swears by it. Sorry, but I don't have any fix for your issue. Usually, if I get something like that, I just toss in my ghost floppy and reimage my drive.
     
  8. Bastupungen

    Bastupungen OSNN Junior Addict

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    The thing is that i have several partitions on this drive. I have tried to format the partitions with systems on them(XP and MandrakeLinux). But that didn't work. Do i have to format the entire drive to get an result?
     
  9. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    You need to run either fdisk /mbr with a 98/ME boot disk or FIXMBR from the XP recovery console. This will not harm the partitions, just overwrite lilo in the MBR. Windows does not use a MBR, that is what NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM are, linux [can] write its boot info to the MBR, so even a reinstall of windows does not remove it.

    If you want to learn how to boot linux using the native NT loader, look here, http://www.j79zlr.com/linux/index.php?page=boot
     
  10. Bastupungen

    Bastupungen OSNN Junior Addict

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    Ok. Then that is even wierder then i thought. Because if i try to boot windows from lilo i only get a black screen. And, like i said, if i try to do fdisk /mbr and then install windows i still get os not found.

    Would an complete format of the drive help? or is an format of the first partition(windows) enough?