boot problem (Win XP) after Mandrake 10 install.
First of all hello to everyone :)
Well.... i can't say i'm totally new to Linux since I have had twice a dual boot system in the past but it seems that this time I really messed up during partitioning.
I hope that someone can offer a little help :)
i had one hard drive with Windows XP installed and I used Partition Magic 8 to create a partition for Linux + swap. The problem is that Part. Magic wizard said that I should turn the new (Linux) parttion active and so i did.
So, after installing Mandrake10 + lilo , I can't boot windows XP when I choose it from the lilo menu. Linux is working fine and I can access the windows partition from Linux but I can't boot on windows.
Is there a way to set the windows partition active again (will that affect data?)...or any kind of solution to boot windows?
I don't have a boot disk for windows but I have the installation CD for XP... problem is that I have no idea of how or whether the rescue console could be of any use
I just hope I can avoid reformatting :cry:
well....thanx to everyone in advance :)
P.S. sorry for the mistakes but english is not my language
If all you did is make it active...
Then you should be ok.
I recommend you mount the partition within linux to make sure that you still have the Windows directory and that you haven't accidentaly formatted. If you don't know which partition it is (hda1, hda2, etc) then find out with fdisk -l /dev/hda and look for the fat32 of ntfs partition.
mount -t vfat (or ntfs) /dev/hda(number from above) /mnt/windows
IF you can see everything in there, then proceed.
You can run fdisk /dev/hda (or whatever HD you are using.)
Then type p to see the partition table. If you see a fat32 or NTFS partition, that should be your windows partition. Make note of which one it is.
Type m to get help and see which option makes the partition active (I believe it's a) Then you can make it active by pressing a within fdisk it will ask which partition you want to make active, just press 1 or 2 or whatever the partition is that you've selected.
Then type w to write and exit the partition information.
It'll say it syncs disks. Reboot - that should allow your boot into Windows. I recommend you create a linux boot floppy if you haven't done so already.