Mandrake Boot Problem

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Mandrake Boot Problem

Postby faisal892 » Sun Aug 17, 2003 12:36 pm

Hi all,
I installed Mandrake 9 on an empty HD then I installed Windows 98 on the same disk but on the other partition. Now the problem is that i have lost my mandrake boot loader due to which I am unable to logon to Mandrake.
Can any body help to recover bootloader. But plz dont be so technical.

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did u made the bootable floopy

Postby farhanksa » Sun Aug 17, 2003 8:27 pm

we ppl already posted lots of posts related to boot loader recovery.
u also dont tell exact problem...
u used lilo or grub
i dont know exact partitons where u installed the win and linux.......

boot from bootable cdrom o fmandrake

write linux rescue at boot: prompt
then let it find any linux partiton in the hd
chroot /mnt/sysimage will mount ur linuxpartion on / mount point

now edit the ;oader file either its lilo or grub..
u need to add few lines in it

pls refer man lilo or man grum for help also man vi how to edit the file

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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Mon Aug 18, 2003 2:18 am

Well, sometime back a newbie encountered a same problem as you.I explained him the process to install grub/lilo or a 3rd party windows based bootloader to be able to boot all of his operating systems.

I posted the article at the wiki.Check this page of mine for the entire article.Just follow the steps correctly and you will have ur bootloader able to boot all the os's ... lling-Grub

Also note that you have two options:

1.Install a linux based bootloader like lilo or grub.Both of these are installed through linux.So you will have too boot from a linux rescue cd and install them.Check my article for complete info.

2.You can also install a bootloader like BOOTMAGIC from powerquest, the same company that made partition magic.BOOT MAGIC is installed through windows and it is able to boot all windows and linux partitions.Again check my article for more info.

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