Join Date: Jun 2005
Help, Winxp won't install or boot weird advanced help
ok heres my problem
I have a 120gig HD IDE that has winxp sp2 installed,
I installed linux to another 10gig ide.
now winxp won't load thru lilo, so I figure ok, we'll fixboot, fixmbr and get winxp back and go from there...however thats a no go...it doesn't work, all I get is BIOS/POST then a blank screen, no errors, nothing but a flashing cursor
So I figure, lets repair, so I do a repair, winxp copies the files over.I'm careful to make sure I get fresh copies of ntldr and ntdetect, and I make sure my boot.ini is good.
Still nothing upon reboot. So I do a fresh install to a different directory...Winxp copies all the files over then goes to reboot...and still NOTHING.
I have literally tried everything...trying different primary disks in the bios...booting lilo from the 120 gig and the 10 gig, and fixmbr'ing all the drives and everyhting...All I get from winxp is a blank screen with a flashing cursor.
I can get linux back up fine recovering from a rescue CD.
Here is a transcript of an IRC conversation I had with some people, so they may hae asked some similar questions and you can see the answers:
<pures> I've tried everything as far as setting bootable flags, and start up disks and loaders...I have Linux installed, and it boots fine with lilo, but I cannot get winxp to load with lilo, so I did a fixmbr, foxboot, no go, still won't load, I've made sure its the primary disk and all that. I've tried to reinstall winxp, its copies the files and goes to reboot, and jsut hangs on a blank screen...I've reinstall ntldr, ntdetect, checked my
[20:17:51] <pures> boot.ini...the farthest I can get is blank screen...I can't even get it to reinstall, formatting is out of the question, cuz it shouldn't be neccessary.
[20:17:56] <pures> no errors or nothing
[20:18:05] <pures> at least if I got an error I'd know whats wrong
[20:19:09] <WrldBFree> repair install
[20:19:19] <pures> done that
[20:19:26] <pures> and I've installed over the install
[20:19:33] <pures> and I've isntalled to a different directory
[20:19:34] <gospit> hey where can i get the old version of java?
[20:19:54] <WrldBFree> youre lilo.conf file is prolly wrong
[20:20:12] <WrldBFree> which flavor of linux is it?
[20:21:12] <pures> WrldBFree: I thought that too, but it won't even load w/ ntldr and windows native loader, when doing a fresh install winxp will write its own mbr...
[20:21:45] <pures> ive reinstall ntdetect and ntldr thinking they might be corrupt, boot.ini looks fine
[20:22:29] <pures> its a 120gig EIDE and was working fine before I installed linux to a different drive..
[20:22:43] <pures> its set as unhidden and active
[20:22:44] <WrldBFree> WHAT FLAVOR OF LINUX IS IT
[20:22:48] <pures> gentoo
[20:23:19] <WrldBFree> format the mbr...
[20:23:35] <pures> yah w/ fixmbr
[20:23:40] <pures> done that a bunch
[20:24:08] <WrldBFree> lkgc then
[20:25:14] <BONE_33> pures, have you ran XP on this machine before?
[20:25:57] <pures> yep
[20:26:02] <pures> lkgc?
[20:26:06] <pures> yeah it was fine
[20:26:25] <pures> now its BIOS/POST everyhitn is detected fine...then blank screen w/ cursor
[20:28:00] <WrldBFree> sounds like a harware failure
[20:28:08] <WrldBFree> edit your boot.ini file to have the
[20:28:13] <WrldBFree> switch /sos
[20:28:52] <pures> got it
[20:29:00] <BONE_33> almost sounds like a driver prob......to me
[20:29:02] <pures> I'm thinking maybe my winxp cd is messed up
[20:29:07] <pures> what type of driver?
[20:29:20] <BONE_33> hard to say...maybe vid card
[20:29:28] <WrldBFree> when you do the /sos switch it will stop on the drive that fails to load
[20:29:35] <pures> I was thinking some partition flag got messed up, but I've rewritten the drives partition...its mbr and boot sector...
[20:29:36] <BONE_33> have you changed any hardware
[20:29:44] <pures> it just gives me nothing to go on
[20:29:45] <pures> no
[20:29:48] <pures> changes in hd
[20:29:57] <WrldBFree> pures are you even listening
[20:30:24] <pures> yes WrldBFree , I have the /sos switch in my boot.ini
[20:30:43] <WrldBFree> and it doesnt show you loading drivers when you boot?
[20:30:45] <DINO> How can i find out what workgroup my computer is in?
[20:30:46] <pures> nope
[20:30:49] <pures> nothing...
[20:30:54] <pures> just bios/post, then blank screen
[20:31:09] <pures> if I boot the other drive I get lilo, where I installed lilo to that drive mbr
[20:31:11] <WrldBFree> start disconecting hardware
[20:31:47] <pures> lilo works fine...linux works fine..I'm thinking about unplugging the other HDD's
[20:34:27] <BONE_33> pures, am I correct here during an XP install when it reboots to finish installation it messes up?
[20:34:52] <pures> yep
[20:35:19] <pures> in all my troubleshooting..thats whats its come down to...and the drive looks fine, all the flags are fine, I mount it in linux, looks good.
[20:35:39] <pures> I mean, I figure, that would re-write the mbr and bootsector to boot the rest of the windows install
[20:35:43] <pures> but nothing
[20:37:00] <BONE_33> what sort of Disk config do you have?
[20:40:55] <pures> 120 gig, 10 gig, 60 gig, cdrw
Please help, I let this go long enough cuz I love linux and just haven't screwed with it, thinking it would be a peice of cake...but theres somehting messed up, and formatting is not an option. I've never had to do it to recover a disk.
Thank you all in advance for even reading this post.
Peace and respect,