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Re: [SLE] Who killed Windows? How resurrect?
  • From: AD Marshall <admarshall@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 21:12:07 +0700
  • Message-id: <200505202112.07942.admarshall@xxxxxxxxx>
On Friday 20 May 2005 16:11, Carl E. Hartung wrote:
> On Friday 20 May 2005 02:09 am, AD Marshall wrote:
> <snippage>
>
> > But the real issue is how to get it, Windows 2000, back?
>
> <more snippage>
>
> > * Now, i can boot into Windows but can only get a "C:\>" prompt,
> > with a very limited command set available. "C:\boot.ini" is still
> > there and *looks* OK, but i'm not sure what to do and am afraid to
> > try more without knowing more.
>
> <more snippage>
>
> Hi Andi,
>
<cach luon>
> If my understanding concerning NT/2K/XP
> installation commonalities is correct, you need three system files to
> load the OS once the partition/disk is bootable and active:
>
> boot.ini (pointing to a valid M$ installation)
> ntldr
> ntdetect.com
>
> HTH, good luck & regards,

Nah. It's the bootable bit that's the problem. As mentioned, but
<snipped>, I can still mount -o rw /windows/C. Just can't boot from it
*normally*. Can get a DOS prompt, but not Win2K/NT.

Note:
am@[~]$ ls -l /windows/C/{boot*,nt[dl]*}
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root users 218 2005-04-21 13:23 /windows/C/boot.ini
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root users 0 2005-05-20 12:41 /windows/C/bootlog.prv
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root users 0 2005-05-20 12:46 /windows/C/bootlog.txt
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root users 512 2005-01-10 11:10 /windows/C/bootsect.dos
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root users 34724 2005-02-07 17:46 /windows/C/ntdetect.com
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root users 214432 2005-02-07 17:46 /windows/C/ntldr

Problem is I may have run /sbin/dosfsck
(/usr/share/man/man8/dosfsck.8.gz) unwisely and replaced a corrupted
MBR with an inappropriate one.

But looking at that /windows/C/bootsect.dos above, just gave me an idea:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 512 2005-04-25 22:30 /boot/backup_mbr
is the same size.

What if i temporarily replace the bootsect.dos with the backup_mbr?

Lessee... [Fri May 20 20:48:42 ICT 2005]

... [Fri May 20 21:04:22 ICT 2005] Nope. Same ol' C:\> prompt.

Suspiciously, this file is close to the same date/time as the
backup_mbr, above (next from /windows/C/):
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root users 16 2005-04-25 06:11 hal-dbus-xgl

The contents, "HAL, DBUS, XGL", show i made it during one of my last
Windows sessions, a note to look up those concepts (that i could access
from Win or Lin). But that's just yet another red herring.

Next!...

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