[Nelug] Windows Problems

Richard Patterson richard at rp2k.co.uk
Fri Nov 5 17:33:20 UTC 2004

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Hi Chris,

- From the information supplied below...

grub is installed on the MBR of your 1st hard disk, which contains Windows 

Your second hard disk has a single partition for linux (ReiserFS)

Ok, in order to help more, can you provide the following information (from 

The output from "fdisk -l /dev/hda" (it's a lower-case L) and the same from 
hdb (fdisk -l /dev/hdb)

A copy of the menu.lst file as found in /boot/grub/menu.lst



On Wednesday 03 November 2004 19:38, c.w.hanning at durham.ac.uk wrote:
> 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
> quit
> 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
> (ro,noexec,nosuid,nodev,gid=100,umask=0002,nls=utf8)
> /dev/hdd on /media/cdrecorder type subfs
> (ro,nosuid,nodev,fs=cdfss,procuid,iocharset=utf8)
> /dev/hdc on /media/dvd type subfs
> (ro,nosuid,nodev,fs=cdfss,procuid,iocharset=utf8)
> /dev/fd0 on /media/floppy type subfs
> (rw,nosuid,nodev,sync,fs=floppyfss,procuid)
> 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 questions?
> Cheers
> Chris
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