dual boot with linux

By dklamerherzing · 8 replies
Mar 27, 2003
  1. hey I need help. I have two physical HDDs c and d. D had two logical partitions at 40 gig each and C had 120 gig. C had win xp pro and D had mandrake and red hat.

    The problem is that I needen more space and so I took off the linux os's from the D drive. I then reformated the disk as a clean ntfs drive that win could see. Now my only problem is that there is a startup screen that says mandrake linus and that still allows me to choose from the os's that are not there. This is very anoying and I can t get rid of it.

    Not in boot.ini
    cant find in registry
    no more linux files that i can find

  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Sounds like you have a lilo still written in the master boot record of your hard drive.

    Boot from a Windows XP CD, choose to recover instead of install. Choose the recovery console. Log onto your system in the console, and use these commands


    reboot and all should be well, post back if its not.
  3. dklamerherzing

    dklamerherzing TS Rookie Topic Starter

    any way around it w/o the cd.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Without the CD, not really, other than installing some 3rd party boot manager and setting it to boot automatically to the only operating system.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    tut tut tut.. you should have the CD!

    Mictlantecuhtli is right.
  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    You can try SBM (Small Boot Manager), which is my personal favorite.. extremely small, very flexible, very powerful, and super easy to install and use.

  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    yeah basically get something in your master boot record that's nicer. The software that Harvester suggests is not a bad idea.
  8. jisumiah

    jisumiah TS Rookie

    can any1 help me i want 2 install Linux for the first time how do i go abt installing it and which version do i need and the steps of installing linux.
  9. dspike

    dspike TS Rookie Posts: 23


    Get the newest version of Ubuntu because it is the easiest to use for newb's to Linux. Make a CD of the image ( ISO ) you downloaded and the just reboot to the CD the rest is easy and pretty self explanatory. Once you are used to Linux and learn the shell commands then you might choose to try another distro like Fedora ( Red Hat )
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