Boot problems

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#1
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 :)
 

Reg

eXperienced!
#3
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).
 

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I want it to snow!
#4
Reg said:
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).
Cheers thanks alot I dont have a xp home disk but I can boot recovery console from the hard drive
 

j79zlr

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Political User
#5
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.
 

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