You didn't mention whether you tried to install mandrake on a separate
partition to the xp install or not. It's important because if the
windows partition is intact, then the only problem is getting it to boot
again. If you've inadvertantly replaced it, then you're probably looking
at a full reinstall....
Anyways, assuming the data is still there and uncorrupted, there are two
options: get windows to repair the boot sequence or install a linux boot
loader and get it to load windows.
Option 1: Repair windows. Actually, I'm not that familiar with this
route. However, I'd try booting with the XP cd and look for a 'repair'
option. Maybe someone else can advise?
Option 2: Boot a linux rescue cd. Again, I'm not familiar with Mandrake
- try booting the CD and look for a rescue option. Alternatively,
download and burn a rescue CD (e.g.
With the rescue CD, there are two things you need to do:
1. Verify that the partitions are OK
2. Install a boot loader (like grub)
To check the partition table, do the following (assuming you have one
hard disk) :
# fdisk -l /dev/hda
You should see output like this:
[root at lemming root]# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7752 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 948 7166848+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 949 962 105840 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 963 7510 49502880 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 7511 7752 1829520 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 7511 7752 1829488+ 82 Linux swap
[root at lemming root]#
What you're looking for is to identify the separate Linux and FAT32
partitions. You could also try mounting the windows partitions to see if
the data looks Ok.
If that worked, then the easiest way forward is to reinstall linux and
carefully pick the partitions that are not used by windows. Tell it to
install the boot loader on /dev/hda. That should get you to a working
linux system. Then edit /etc/grub.conf and add an entry looking like this:
The ',0' after 'hd0' refers to the partition that is your 'C' drive in
Hope that helps. If you're still confused, try to post the exact steps
you tried and what the errors were.
>I tried to install Mandrake on my Dad's XP machine, but it wouldnt, but now I cant boot into XP anymore and my dads going AWOL. How do I get XP to boot again (i know this is a linux group but i need help)It just sits there after it checks the CD drive for a cd.
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