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dual boot with ME failing

Sounds to me like the fellows windows install is hosed.
One is always wise to run chkdsk /r on the windows partition from a recovery
console when these types of things come up.

With windows ME, I'm not sure, but I think you can also initiate an install,
but rather than doing a clean install, you do a system repair.... I know it
works for XP, I was under the impression it worked for ME as well aka click
on "install" hit the F8 key to accept the waiver, and it says, "repair" as
one of the options given. If not, it is wise to not continue if you had
anything important on the partition...

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-admin at [mailto:discuss-admin at] On Behalf Of
Derek Martin
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:45 AM
To: discuss at
Subject: Re: dual boot with ME failing

On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 02:12:54PM +0000, Kalyan Vaidyanathan wrote:
> Hi,
>  I did boot my windows from a bootable CD and rank fdisk /mbr But
>  now, when I remove the bootable CD and try to restart windows, I
>  get a "missing operating system" message.  Seems like I lost the
>  dual boot and hence cant get into the linux partition (as well as
>  the windows).

Sad Christmas...

>  Is there anything I can do to recover from here?

If David's pointer about flagging the Windows partition doesn't help,
you can do this:

1. Boot linux from the Red Hat 9 CD.
2. type 

	linux rescue 

   at the prompt after the RH9 CD boots.  It will ask you if you want
   to try to mount an existing Linux installation.  Do that.  IIRC,
   you will next be given either a prompt, or instructions, on how to
   chroot your system to the normal root.  Do that.

3. type


And that should get you going.  I think.  :)

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