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    Interesting Windows problem means I can't boot XP & Linu


    Got a problem that SEEMS easy to fix because its such a simplistic problem, but I can't fix it. Here goes:

    I bought a brand new laptop, and re-partitioned it to run my copy of SuSE Linux 8.2. Install went fine, Linux is up and running. However, I can't boot Win XP anymore - because the partitions have changed, the "boot.ini" file now points to the wrong partition and won't load Windows. The only way I can edit this file is from Windows - but I can't get into Windows. Linux can see the file, but can't edit it because its an NTFS file system and doesn't have write access to it (thanks a lot for keeping the details of a pretty amateur file system to yourself, Microsoft). My laptop didn't come with a bootable Win XP CD, and it doesn't have a floppy drive.

    Basically, how the hell can I edit this file? Are there any bootable CD images that let you boot into something I can access the Windows CD from, like boot into DOS?

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    If you find a XP cd you can use the recovery console.
    When you boot from the disc it will detect the XP install and ask it you want to do a fresh install or a repair. If you chose repair you can use the recovery console.

    You should be able to edit boot.ini from here.

    cheers
    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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    surely ur laptop came with some kinda bootable cd. coz without a boto cd with ntfs cupport u cant realyl fix much

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    dual boot

    I have three computers with dual boot, and all of them works OK,

    could you tell the partition table,

    for win is really important to stay in the first partition or certainly do not boot, then you should not have problems to boot win if is in the first partition,

    Another way is to fix grub in YaST then you may fix it and be able to boot your win XP, well if win xp is still there, but I guess yes because you say that you are seeing it.

    You should post the partition table and the boot loader configuration.

    Believe me you must be able of boot winXP and SuSE without problems

    You may check the SuSE non official FAQ, is really interesting

    http://www.netbulans.com/susefaq

    http://www.wdm.com/susefaq

    http://www.tigersden.co.uk/susefaq

    http://scott.exti.net/susefaq

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    dual boot

    I have three computers with dual boot, and all of them works OK,

    could you tell the partition table,

    for win is really important to stay in the first partition or certainly do not boot, then you should not have problems to boot win if is in the first partition,

    Another way is to fix grub in YaST then you may fix it and be able to boot your win XP, well if win xp is still there, but I guess yes because you say that you are seeing it.

    You should post the partition table and the boot loader configuration.

    Believe me you must be able of boot winXP and SuSE without problems

    You may check the SuSE non official FAQ, is really interesting

    http://www.netbulans.com/susefaq

    http://www.wdm.com/susefaq

    http://www.tigersden.co.uk/susefaq

    http://scott.exti.net/susefaq

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