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Re: Lost vfat and Lilo



Have you tried booting off a Win98 boot disk, dropping
to a dos prompt and doing an "fdisk /mbr"?  That'll
reset yer MBR to how Windows likes it.
Just an idea...

Chris

--- Steven Walker <swalk anit es> wrote:
> Thanks for the help Denice.  My learning curve has
> lengthened but I am no
> nearer a solution.
> 
> >> I have been successfully dual booting between
> Linux and Win 98.  I have
> >> Windows on hda and Linux on hdc. Yesterday I
> decided to change the defaults
> >> using linuxconf.  
> >> 
> >> Later I tried to reboot into Windows but the Lilo
> prompt just would not
> >> accept the dos command. I booted into DOS with a
> floppy disk and ran
> >> win.com.  I got messages saying that there was a
> missing device or resource
> >>  that was required by vfat.  That here was a
> registry file not found and
> >> registry services may not be operative and that
> there was an XMS problem
> >> and vfat initialisation failure.
> >> 
> >> I fiddled around for a short while and could not
> fix it.  My backups were
> >> up to date, I could access C: in DOS for any last
> minute files and my
> >> Windows was getting a bit flaky.....  again ...so
> I did a format c and a
> >> clean install.  All was fine apart from a wasted
> day!
> >> 
> >> As the mbr had been rewritten I had to boot to
> Linux with a floppy.  This
> >> was fine a couple of times and then I ran lilo,
> configured it using
> >> linuxconf and rebooted   I got an error message
> saying that  mounting hda1
> >> failed due to wrong fs type, bad option, bad
> superblock or too many mounted
> >> systems.
> >> 
> >> With a sinking feeling I shut down and tried to
> reboot into Windows.  Yes,
> >> you guessed it, I got the same messages as
> before.
> >> 
> >> I really would be grateful if anyone could tell
> me how to recover the
> >> situation without reinstalling Winows again. . 
> If that is not possible how
> >> can I avoid doing the same thing again. I may not
> like Windows but I
> need it.
> >
> >Possibly your /etc/lilo.conf file is not properly
> set up.  I rarely use
> >linuxconf -- it's a fairly new tool, and you may
> find the occasional
> >problem.  But I'm a sysadmin, so I really need to
> know how to do the basic
> >things that tools like linuxconf try to hide from
> you.
> >
> >Since you can boot into linux, look carefully at
> your lilo.conf file, and
> >at your disk partitions (fdisk -l).  If lilo.conf
> is broken, then you
> >should be able to fix it:  edit the file, save it,
> and run /sbin/lilo
> >
> The lilo.conf is below.  I am no expert at all but
> it seems OK.  I take
> your point about linuxconf but I am an amateur home
> user and newbie.
> Without help with configuration I cannot do it.  I
> tried with FreeBSD but
> found it too hard.
> 
> boot = /dev/hda1
> timeout = 100
> prompt
> message = /home/s/lilotxt
> default = d
> vga = normal
> read-only
> map=/boot/map
> install=/boot/boot.b
> image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.2.5-15
> label = l
> root = /dev/hdc5
> other = /dev/hda1
> label = d
> 
> 
> This is the result of fdisk -l
> 
> 
> Disk /dev/hda: 128 heads, 63 sectors, 621 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 8064 * 512 bytes
> 
>    Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id 
> System
> /dev/hda1   *         1       432   1741792+   b 
> Win95 FAT32
> /dev/hda2           433       620    758016    5 
> Extended
> /dev/hda5           433       590    637024+   b 
> Win95 FAT32
> /dev/hda6           591       593     12064+  83 
> Linux
> 
> Disk /dev/hdc: 32 heads, 63 sectors, 827 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 2016 * 512 bytes
> 
>    Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id 
> System
> /dev/hdc1   *         1        66     66496+  82 
> Linux swap
> /dev/hdc2            67       827    767088    5 
> Extended
> /dev/hdc5            67       827    767056+  83 
> Linux
> 
> It seems to find hda1 here.  If I run df it ignores
> that partition.
> 
> I am ready to format c: and do another install.  If
> anyone can give me any
> advice as to how to avoid the problem i would be
> grateful.  I will run lilo
> and edit lilo.conf so that it reads as above subject
> to any suggested changes.
> 
> Thanks
> 
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