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Re: [debian-knoppix] XP won't boot after knoppix 3.4 hdinstall

Bill Eastman wrote:

Klaus Knopper wrote:

On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 09:47:59AM -0400, Joris Huizer wrote:
I don't know why -- it didn't work.
I gave that command and when I now boot the computer it does the usual hardware startup stuff, and then says,


(as if it first "thinks" it should read a cdrom, maybe that's standard anyway) but then it just says MBR, and nothing happens.

The obvious explanation would be that there is no more bootable
partition on your harddisk, therefore the MBR bootloader stops and waits
for instructions. Could it be that, when using Fabian's installer, you
DELETED your Windows partition instead of just RESIZING it and adding a
swap and Linux data partition on the empty space?

Can you tell me how to solve this?

If the above is true, your Windows partition is gone for good.

Do you still see the content of the (ex-)Windows partition when booting
Knoppix from CD?

-Klaus Knopper

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If he has a Windows 98 boot floppy, he could fdisk /mbr. Before doing that, I suggest making a linux boot floppy. Then when he wants linux, just boot from the floppy.

It really looks like I'll have to backup everything on the XP partition & reinstall -- there is NO XP boot floppy (I even tried using the old one from ME.. no luck) - it still just hangs/waits after doing the -hardware booting part it does independently of any OS - my dad did the XP install and it seems the installer *never asked* to create a boot floppy (and he didn't make one afterwards either) All the data on XP are still there so I guess we'll go for the large & slow backing up method - now it's too bad my parents wouldn't listen and used outlook on this computer...

I try to recreate the knoppix boot floppy (the one made by the script seems to be corrupted somehow ?? - it won't boot only writing a number on the screen each time)

Doh this really is a mess is this a bug/problem with the knoppix installer or a XP-specific problem ? I don't know

If you see an option I could try, please tell me! I'm not really looking forward to that endless backing up method but I see no other way
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