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    gourlema Guest

    Ok, so here's the deal!

    ok here goes, for a while now ive been trying to uninstall fedora to re-install windows xp because for the life of me, ive grown up with windows, ive learned everything about windows, and now i wanna go back, ive tried going into my MBR through the start up disk for xp....all i got was a black screen saying inspecting hardware configuration....the screen goes black it didnt work, i tried doing the same thing by comvering xp over fedora.....inspecting hardware config, black screen.....ive tried multiple suggested codes for the terminal eg:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev mbr bs=1058576 count=100
    dd: dev/mbr : access denied

    so this doesnt work either......does anyone have any suggestions???

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    Wayne Guest
    Yeah, search the forum, it's been well covered enough times already.

    Wayne

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    gourlema Guest
    yea see ive been searching an searching and it all says the same thing...........throw in install disk, redo MBR, blah blah blah, all i get is acces denied and a black screen of death >.<

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    stevea Guest
    su -
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=3

    Shouldn't really be necessary if the win-installer worked properly.

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    gourlema Guest
    ok well ill try this, if it does work....well im not going to reply....if not then im sure to reply :P

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    gourlema Guest
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=3
    3+0 records in
    3+0 records out
    3145728 bytes (3.1 MB) copied, 0.0219966 s, 143 MB/s
    this is what it came up with what do i do from here just try re-installing xp?
    (sorry for the double post)

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    linkazors Guest
    The reason XP install can't start up is that fedora skrews with the disk geometry. For some reason windows can't read it if there's more than 1024 cyllinders on the hard drive windows will get confused. The dd command just deletes data from the drive.

    as root:

    fdisk /dev/sda #or whatever hard drive you wanna install indows on
    x #to get to expert options
    c #to change number of cyllinders
    1024
    w #write changes to disk

    after that reboot and you should be cool

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    Download and burn the Gparted LiveCD (as an iso image), boot from it, blow away any and all partitions. Insert Windows CD/DVD ... etc.

    In lieu of that, stab in a Win 98 boot floppy, boot and run fdisk -fixMBR. Don't remember the exact syntax. That's your homework anyway.
    Last edited by Dan; 22nd February 2008 at 08:15 AM.

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    the solution from stevea did work out, ive just been spending the last 12 hours searching for drivers, fixing up windows so i can actually use it again without problems etc. thank you stevea and thank you everyone else for your added comments

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    Download and burn the Gparted LiveCD (as an iso image), boot from it, blow away any and all partitions.
    that's how I did last time (many moons ago), but I didn't use a linux live disc, I have a multi use utility disc that has partition utilities...delete all partions reformat to NTFS or Fat32...and the windows install shouldn't have a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gourlema
    ... ive just been spending the last 12 hours searching for drivers, fixing up windows so i can actually use it again without problems etc. ...
    Priceless! Absolutely priceless! <....>

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    So if he knew all about windows why didn't he just throw in a windows CD boot up exit setup to the dos prompt run fdisk on the C drive than reformat it. That's right He knows windows he has learned any Dos commands.
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    Oddly enough, to the best of my knowledge, the Windows XP CD won't fix the MBR correctly. It requires either a Win 98 floppy/CD or a Linux version of fdisk to get it done. Go figure?


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    The windows XP cd will format your hard drive but not as easy as 98. I just stuck my XP cd in to check it in Linux and if you go setupxp.htm you will find the instructions on how to use it.
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    Great news! If you would be so kind as to confirm that and write up a howto thread for the howto section, I'll bet a lot of folks would be quite grateful! <....>


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