Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration 28.11.2003

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Did a Stuipid Thing ... to my laptop

Road warriors like me live in eternal fear that their the great container of their life's work and effort will suddently come to a dramatic end ... far from home. I refer of course to the fear of the dead laptop.

This week I was almost the cause my own demise. I am adding some software and need more space and decided that I didn't need one of my linux partitions anymore ... so I usurped it into my Win2K installation ... I heard little voice in the back of my head that kept yammering on about how this is not a good idea ... something about the bootloader being rendered useless... I forged ahead eager for more space.

After making the new partition available to Win2K, I needed to reboot and did so ... and to my horror discovered that my machine was no longer bootable. I had deleted the partition that had my bootloader's config files ... my laptop was now a brick.

I took me about an hour of poking around, booting with another disk and searching the internet before I finally found the magic series of commands to get the disabled grub bootloader to boot into Win2K... I reproduce them here in the event I ever in the future ignore that nagging voice and kill my laptop again ...

  • rootnoverify (hd0,0)

  • chainloader +1

  • makeactive

  • boot

When I get back home tonight, I'll have to dig up my Win2K install CD and fdisk /MBR it and go back to a single OS bootloader config. Maybe this won't happen to me again for a while. Don't think my blood pressure can take it ...

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