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dual boot problem (XP and linux) Boot Magic

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by v2010, Apr 1, 2007.

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  1. v2010

    v2010 Thread Starter

    Apr 1, 2007
    Hey all,

    I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

    It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

    I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

    As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

    I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

    I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

    I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

    I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

    thanks a lot....

    any help ?
  2. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi v2010,

    Welcome to TSG!

    If you know whether the dual-boot scheme is implemented with the Grub boot loader there may be a way with a Linux Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu or Knoppix - do you know? Also, is the dual-boot scheme implemented on one or two disks.

    The technique would be to boot up with the Live CD, let's say Ubuntu, and then use the System Administration pull-down menu selecting Disks to bring up the Disk manager. The idea would be to locate the grub.conf file in the /boot partition and edit it from the Ubuntu OS running totally in memory to have a line like: default=0
    But, first the Disk manager would be brought up to identify the device name of the disk, e.g. /dev/sda1 or something like that. Then you would need to mount the ntfs disk onto Ubuntu running in memory to access the /boot partition on the disk to do the edit to the grub.conf file from the root account. In Ubuntu, the way to become root account is to issue the command: sudo -i

    Let us know if you have a Grub boot loader - which initializes a boot selection screen to select which OS to boot up.

    -- Tom
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