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  1. #1

    Dual Boot

    I have a machine with dual boot Win 2000 Pro and Red Hat 7.3 installed. The system worked fine for about a year but when I tried logging into Linux yesterday I got the following error message:

    <winnt root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe Please
    reinstall a copy of the above file

    Oddly enough, I could log on into windows without a problem.

    When I originally set up the system, I modified the boot.ini file in windows to look like this:

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Micro$o ft Windows 2000 Pro " /fastdetect
    c:\bootse.lnx="Redhat Linux v7.3 - for Magic/CAD and VLSI"

    I had also copied the linux bootsector (first 512 bytes) onto my C drive.

    I tried replacing the ntoskrnl.exe file with one from a similar machine without any errors, but that did not fix the problem.

    I'd really appreciate some help in this matter.

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    New Zealand
    if it was my comp i would set the windows bootloader back to whatever it came with, eg auto into win2k and install grub/lilo.

  3. #3
    Linux User Allblack's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Try to use the recovery console by booting from the win200 cd and do a repair.
    I am bit surprised that you can still get in.
    You can try to overwrite your mbr and recreate your boot.ini file.
    I seemed to prefer the grub loader as well when I had a dual boot.
    There is also a utility called GAG that is worth looking at. Do a google for it

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

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  5. #4
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    I would not use the Windows bootloader. If at all possible, install GRUB instead.

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