Re: [debian-knoppix] XP won't boot after knoppix 3.4 hdinstall
If the Windows Partition is still there, you don't
need to destroy it. Since you don't have a boot
floppy, why don't you grab a copy of the Emergency
It is a small download and after you make a bootable
CD (unfortunately you will need windows for this
although it may work with wine), just boot from the
CD, follow the instructions on screen and select to
recover the master boot record.
If you have the original Windows XP boot CD, you can
do the following (quoted from Suse):
Under Windows XP, you can restore the original MBR
(thus uninstalling Lilo) as follows:
Boot from the Windows XP CD, press the key "R" in the
setup in order to start the restoration console.
Select your Windows XP installation from the list, and
enter the administrator password. Enter the command
"FIXMBR" at the input prompt and confirm the next
question with "y". Finally, use "exit" to restore the
Hope that helps.
--- Joris Huizer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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,
> >>> CDROM:
> >>> MBR
> >>> (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?
> >> Regards
> >> -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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