[Nelug] Windows Problems

c.w.hanning at durham.ac.uk c.w.hanning at durham.ac.uk
Wed Nov 3 19:39:05 UTC 2004

Ok Guys (& Gals?) 
To clarify various bits and bobs. 
I'm using grub as my bootlaoader and the boot entry has been written to the 
MBR.  For reasons unknown fdisk /mbr does nothing, haven't quite worked out 
why yet.  After a few false starts and reading things off the net I've 
succeded in mounting my windows hard drive (hda) so that I can view my files 
in linux (hdb).  The way things look is that windows itself is intact and 
untouched, only that I can't actually access it.  From the grub menu when I 
select "windows" all I get back is the message "missing operating system". 
Someone asked for various bits of info, which hopefully I've got right. 
more /etc/grub.conf: install --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/stage1 d 
(hd0) /boot/grub/stage2 0 
x8000 (hd1,0)/boot/grub/menu.lst 
mount: /dev/hdb1 on / type reiserfs (rw,acl,user_xattr) 
proc on /proc type proc (rw) 
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw) 
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620,gid=5) 
/dev/hda1 on /windows/C type ntfs 
/dev/hdd on /media/cdrecorder type subfs 
/dev/hdc on /media/dvd type subfs 
/dev/fd0 on /media/floppy type subfs 
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw) 
df: Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on 
/dev/hdb1             79540288   1639704  77900584   3% / 
tmpfs                   258348        20    258328   1% /dev/shm 
/dev/hda1             78150208    536540  77613668   1% /windows/C 
Hopefully this will make more sense to you than it does to me. 
One last request, can you recommend a good beginners linux book?  Something I 
can use to learn the bare bones/consult before pestering you folks with stupid 

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