Dual boot system broken by Windows XP
ptpare at postino.up.ac.za
Wed Jun 1 19:27:14 UTC 2005
I have (or should I say had) a dual boot system - Windows 98 (updated)
and Wartry updated with a Hoary cd. I took my hard drive, containg this
dual boot systen, out to update another XP system with some older data
files. This involved connecting the hard drive as a slave in the XP
system. On returning the hard drive to its computer, I found that it
would not boot but got to the point of giving a message "Grub 2
loading" (or something similar) and then it would just reset. I
recognised this problem from another computer and so just ran fdisk /mbr
from a rescue floppy to at least get the Windows 98 up and running. This
Scratching through a pile of 3.5" floppies, I found that I had made a
backup of the dual boot mbr using a small program, MBRWIZD. So I
reloaded this copy and tried to boot. No luck, just an endless loop of
getting to the "Grub 2 loading" message and then having the machine
reset itself. On running fdisk /mbr again, I managed to get the Windows
system up once again.
A few questions
1. Is there any simple way of restoring the ubuntu system without having
to load it from scratch? I ask because if I load it from scratch I am
going to have to load java and open office 2.0 beta again which takes a
considerable amount of time?
2. Is there no small program that can run from a windows environment
that can undo the damage that Windows XT or Windows 2000 does to any
dual boot hard drive atteached to a system in which it has been installed?
3. For those of us who are not seasoned Linux hacks, are there not a
series of batch files, or whatever else they may be called, that can
load programs like Java, rpm packaged Open Office or Opera, or True Type
fonts pretty well automatically so that the software is installed on an
ubuntu system with the minimum of hassle?
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