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IBM thinkpad dual boot: partition table problem
  • From: Joe Peer <j.peer@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 13:28:15 -0700
  • Message-id: <200405161328.15107.j.peer@xxxxxxx>
hi all!

I've got a huge problem: I have an IBM T41 notebook with a 40G harddisk. I had
XP and Mandrake 10 on it, and both systems booted and ran well. Then, i
installed SuSE Linux 9.0 over the Mandrake distro, and since then, Win XP
does not boot anymore: the XP startup logo appears for 2 seconds and then i
get a bluescreen telling me STOP 0x000000ED - UNMOUNABLE_BOOT_VOLUME.

I am totally puzzled, because i did not expect the SuSE installation routine
to mess up my partition table or MBR, since all the partitions have been
created before (using Mandrake).

Here is my current hard disk layout:

Disk /dev/hda: 5168 cylinders, 240 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 7741440 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 0+ 1081 1082- 8179888+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 1082 4706- 3625- 27401472 5 Extended
/dev/hda3 4707 5167 461 3485160 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/hda5 1082+ 2147- 1066- 8058424+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda6 2147+ 4242- 2095- 15838168+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 4242+ 4706- 464- 3504784+ 82 Linux swap

I can boot Linux (which is on /dev/hda6) and it runs well, and interestingly,
i can access both windows partitions from Linux (/dev/hda1 as /windows/C, /
dev/hda5 as /windows/d).

BTW, SuSE installed the GRUB boot manager, so i thought maybe this has
something to do with it. I used YAST2 to change it to LILO, but this did not
help either.

To sum up: I am left now with a non-booting XP and a working linux system.
However, i need XP for my job. I have read that i can run a CHKDSK from the
XP recovery CD, but i am hesitating for 2 reasons:
1. i fear that this will make linux unaccessible to me (kill the grub
bootmanager, etc.)
2. i have to get the XP CD from the Sysadmin, who will get mad at me when i
explain the situation :-]

what do you think causes my problem? how can i fix it? What would you do in my
situation? Thanks!


PS: i don't blame SuSE, Linux or MS for this. I am fully aware that
partitioning and disk resizing etc. should not be done by filesys rookies
like myself...!

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