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Re: [opensuse] - Darryl/Carl/Boyd
  • From: "Charles R. Buchanan" <charles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 18:57:44 -0800
  • Message-id: <20070201182150.8349.CHARLES@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

On Thu, 01 Feb 2007 21:01:39 -0500, Mike McMullin <mwmcmlln@xxxxxxxx> took time to say the following:

(^_^)> I know it's hard to keep track of everything in this convoluted thread,
(^_^)> Mike :-) but at some point I distinctly recall Charles mentioning he was
(^_^)> doing a restore or recovery of the XP installation. I'm pretty sure a 'back
(^_^)> to factory' recovery would overwrite grub.
(^_^) Yes it would, someone suggested a nice simple how-to to fix the mbr
(^_^)from the rescue console. That would be nice. However I think your
(^_^)mining along the vein of writing to the MBR is probably fruitful. So if
(^_^)I could ask a question of the OP, did you have grub write to the MBR
(^_^)since you restored your XP? The system booting directly into XP would
(^_^)seem to indicate that you didn't.
(^_^) Carl - What do you think of the idea of having the XP bootloader
(^_^)handle booting instead of Grub? There are reasonably simple
(^_^)instructions for editing the required files in XP as well as how to get
(^_^)file(s) he will need to copy over to his XP root partition.
(^_^) Mike

I am pretty slow, but sometimes I pick things up if I see them used more
than once! (referring to "OP" which i am assuming means original poster?)
Anyway, yes, I had it checked to write to the MBR and nothing happened.
To your original remarks earlier, it is true that XP won't automatically
repair or revert the MBR to a before linux state. You have to do that
manually or via a install.

Carl is correct, it was a strict recovery because the MBR was totally

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