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Re: Dual boot WinXP repair (maybe a little OT)



I saw a similar issue in my lab.
Check the boot.ini file that is used by the Windows boot loader. It lists the 
disk and partition information, and if you change the partitions this number 
will be wrong. You might be able to change the partition number, and it might 
work.



On 4 Mar 2009 at 18:23, Matthew Saltzman wrote:

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> On Wed, 2009-03-04 at 15:36 -0500, Mauriat wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 3:19 PM, Matthew Saltzman <mjs clemson edu> wrote:
> > > So I installed WinXP on an old computer, then repartitioned with
> > > qparted. I added a partition in front of the Windows one for /boot and
> > > one after for a LVM volume. Then I installed F10. I loaded grub in the
> > > boot record of the /boot partition and left the MBR alone. I
> > > re-numbered the partitions so that /boot is sda1, Windows is sda2, and
> > > the rest is sda3. There is no extended partition.
> > >
> > > Now WinXP won't boot.
> > >
> > > Is there a simple way to reconfigure the WinXP side so that its boot
> > > loader works again (without re-installing)? I changed the boot.ini
> > > partition number, but that didn't help.
> > 
> > Just curious, what is the advantage of putting /boot before the XP partition?
> 
> Actually, force of habit, left over from the days when /boot had to live
> in the first 1024 cylinders.  
> 
> > 
> > Did you try booting the XP cd and using the recovery console?  I think
> > there are some commands for trying to fix the boot record.
> 
> Not yet.  I'll give it a shot if there's nothing easier.
> 
> > 
> > -Mauriat
> > 
> > 
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