overwrite the MBR
Posted 01 November 2006 - 06:32 PM
Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:01 AM
Posted 02 November 2006 - 11:56 AM
Boot from the windows XP CD, press the "R" key in the setup in order to start the restoration console. Select your windows XP installation from the list, and enter the administrator password.
Enter the command: "FIXMBR" (without the quotes) at the input prompt and confirm the next question with a "Y" (without the quotes). Use exit to restore the computer.
A caveat here is by using the recovery console you can make linux partitions unuseable. So you will need a live linux CD to repartition the unuseable space.
A second caveat is explained in this microsoft article.
THE FINAL FIX.
Its also the easist if you have a floppy drive in your computer. download and make a Win 98 boot floppy, then run it on the computer. At the prompt type in "fdisk /mbr" without the quotes, pop out the floppy disk, then type in exit at the prompt, and hit the enter key. The computer should restart into windows.
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