# [Techtalk] RE: MBR & XP

- - mqa2d at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 12 21:59:43 EST 2003

Thanks Robyn.

No, I can't read anything except the ones I copied across (ntldr & ntdetect).

There is no flopy driver with my notebook. I could use usb memory key when the XP was working, however, after booting the notebook up using XP boot CD and put the usb memory key in, the notebook hangs...

Robyn Manning <rmanning at adam.com.au> wrote:
There may be a demo or template one on the cd otherwise I can send you
one. There was one written out for you in a previous email.

You need to do something about those unreadable characters, until you do
those file/directories are unreadable. Is the c:\windows directory there
and readable also the c:\Program Files directory. Can you put a
directory listing in an email. I think the command is

dir > dir.txt

then dir.txt should have the directory listing in it, copy it to a
floppy and paste it into an email.

hth

Robyn

On Wed, 2003-08-13 at 08:17, - - wrote:
> Thanks Robyn.
>
> Is boot.ini in the XP boot CD as well?
>
> Yes, the unreadable characters are thoese where file/directory names should be. :<
>
>
> Robyn Manning wrote:
> Hi
>
> The boot.ini file is created when XP is installed and it is put in c:\>
> (or where ever you put XP d:\> ).
>
> The unreadable characters don't sound good. Are these where filenames
> should be? You could try the command
>
> attrib *.*
>
> and see if you see boot.ini on the list. Can you run scandisk or Norton
> Disk Doctor was ndd.exe !!these both need to be XP versions !!.
>
> Robyn
>
> On Tue, 2003-08-12 at 19:58, - - wrote:
> > Thanks Jacqueline.
> >
> > No, event I ticked the view hidden file/dir (in
> > another pc), I still can't see the boot.ini in my XP
> > boot CD.
> >
> > And I tried to use 'dir' in Recovery Console. Can't
> > see it too.
> >
> > I also tried
> >
> > c:\>bootcfg /list
> >
> > but I got the message saying "there are currently no
> > boot entries available to display".
> >
> > When I did
> >
> > c:\>dir
> >
> > I saw some unreadable charaters, except the ones I
> > copied into (ntldr and ntdetect.com). Is this the
> > reason caused the problem?
> >
> > Thanks very much
> >
> > MQA
> >
> > --- Jacqueline wrote:
> > > Hi MQA,
> > > the boot.ini is a hidden, read only protected system
> > > file in the root of
> > > your primary active partition (normally c:\). You'll
> > > need to modify your
> > > folder options to get to see those (in Windows
> > > Explorer -> Tools -> Folder
> > > Options -> View ).
> > >
> > > It is something like this:
> > > timeout=30
> > > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
> > > [operating systems]
> > >
> > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft
> > > Windows XP
> > > Professional" /fastdetect
> > >
> > > And the "rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS" means: XP
> > > boots from the first
> > > partition on the first harddisk (in Linux it would
> > > be 'hda')
> > >
> > > If you need any more help please let me know!
> > >
> > > Regards, Jacqueline
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "- -"
> > > To:
> > > Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 12:50 AM
> > > Subject: Re: [Techtalk] RE: MBR & XP
> > >
> > >
> > > > Thanks Jacqueline.
> > > >
> > > > I can't find the 'boot.ini' from my XP boot CD.
> > > Could you tell me the
> > > path? (I copied ntldr from /i386)
> > > >
> > > > Thanks very much.
> > > >
> > > > MQA
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Jacqueline wrote:
> > > > Hi there,
> > > > there is a file in XP that's called "boot.ini". It
> > > should contain the path
> > > > to ntldr and it is read by the system during
> > > startup. Maybe you could post
> > > > the contents of your boot.ini? I could make soms
> > > suggestions.
> > > >
> > > > Best regards,
> > > > Jacqueline
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "- -"
> > > > To:
> > > > Sent: Monday, August 11, 2003 1:48 PM
> > > > Subject: Re: [Techtalk] RE: MBR & XP
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > Thanks Hans.
> > > > >
> > > > > I did overwrite the boot sector by using
> > > > >
> > > > > fixboot
> > > > > fixmbr
> > > > >
> > > > > in the XP Revovery Console, and reinstall the
> > > GRUB to
> > > > > MBR by reinstalling the whole RH9. I can boot
> > > into RH.
> > > > > However, if I select to boot XP, I got the
> > > message:
> > > > >
> > > > > NTLDR is missing.
> > > > >
> > > > > I copied the NTLDR and NTDETECT on the c:\ from
> > > the XP
> > > > > boot CD, still got the same message saying
> > > 'NTLDR is
> > > > > missing'.
> > > > >
> > > > > When I install the Linux, I saw the file system
> > > in XP
> > > > > partition was 'vfat'. In pamagic it shows 'fat'.
> > > - it
> > > > > was 'ntfs'.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks very much
> > > > >
> > > > > MQA
> > > > >
> > > > > > > > Booting "WinXP"
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > rootnoverify (hd0,0)
> > > > > > > > chainloader +1
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Boot from your XP rescue disks and rewrite
> > > the
> > > > > > boot sector from there.
> > > > > > > I'm not sure but I believe it's also
> > > possible to
> > > > > > boot from the XP
> > > > > > > install CD and do a rescue from there. Sadly
> > > I
> > > > > > can't confirm it for you.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ...oh, and after that you'll have to reinstall
> > > GRUB
> > > > > > to the MBR of your
> > > > > > first disk since the XP rescue process most
> > > likely
> > > > > > will overwrite both
> > > > > > the boot sector of the XP partition and the
> > > MBR.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Hans
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
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