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Cannot start windows XP

Postby ChaosZak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:15 pm

I have posted this in another thread but I'm a little desperate for time. Seeing as this section seems alot more active I figured I try posting my problem here as well.

recently installed Linux Mint and I'm trying to boot up my windows XP for now until I can get my whole networking problem fixed for linux. When I go to boot up windows from the Linux boot screen (That shows linux mint, linux mint recovery, other opperating system, and windows xp) I go to choose windows XP. It then redirects me to a blackscreen that says "Starting up" and the top and below it is just a _ blinking over and over. I've tried letting it wait for over a half hour but it just remains that way. I did install linux to be able to run both windows and linux. Can someone please help me on this asap?

I have edited my menu.lst file as someone suggested but it did not work. I was also suggested to post the fstab file as well. I'll go ahead and post both of them below though. If making duplicate threads isnt allowed please delete this one. Again rushed for time since I can't do stuff I need to do on Linux. (No internet/school programs for school)
Thanks in advance for all who try to help.

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-legacy-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not change this entry to 'saved' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 0

## Graphical boot menu location
gfxmenu=/boot/gfxmenu/linuxmint.message

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 10

# Pretty colours
color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=/dev/sda5 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd0,4)

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(single-user) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
## indomU=true
## indomU=false
# indomU=detect

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Linux Mint 7 Gloria KDE, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=/dev/sda5 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet

title Linux Mint 7 Gloria KDE, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=/dev/sda5 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic

title Linux Mint 7 Gloria KDE, memtest86+
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.

# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name #devices
#that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).

# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=063d188a-cda3-4eb2-834f-9a41bba5e76c / ext3 #relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=86159a68-2228-4791-8fb4-a63bab960079 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby MaddogF16 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:42 pm

In a terminal type su and press enter then enter password then enter fdisk -l and let us see those results, should show the partition table if you have more than one readable disk do fdisk -l /dev/sda
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby ChaosZak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:12 pm

MaddogF16 wrote:In a terminal type su and press enter then enter password then enter fdisk -l and let us see those results, should show the partition table if you have more than one readable disk do fdisk -l /dev/sda


Thanks for your help maddog :D Heres the results.

Also I was thinking of trying just a full system recovery (I was going to after I found my computer stuff anyways which I did.) but of course it can't read from the grub menu. So incase you can't find any answers from the information below. Could you tell me how to get back to the windows boot instead of the GRUB one?

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80060424192 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9733 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x874a874a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 8511 68364576 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 8512 9733 9815715 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 8512 9675 9349798+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 9676 9733 465853+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 129 MB, 129499136 bytes
33 heads, 32 sectors/track, 239 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1056 * 512 = 540672 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 240 126448 6 FAT16
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
phys=(249, 32, 32) logical=(239, 16, 32)
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby MaddogF16 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:22 pm

MMM, sdb at 129mb, you have a usb thumbdrive in there or a sd card or something if so take it out and try.
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby ChaosZak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:36 pm

MaddogF16 wrote:MMM, sdb at 129mb, you have a usb thumbdrive in there or a sd card or something if so take it out and try.


Err yah sorry about that. Here it is without the usb in.


Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80060424192 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9733 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x874a874a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 8511 68364576 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 8512 9733 9815715 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 8512 9675 9349798+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 9676 9733 465853+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby MaddogF16 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:43 pm

Shoot thought maybe removing the usb or sd card would help the boot up problem, as far as this looks I don't quite get why with the menu.lst you have why windows won't boot.
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby ChaosZak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:47 pm

:roll: :shock: :cry:

Alright well I do have a backup plan.

Do you know how to use the windows recovery disk through Linux Mint? Or to possibly use the old boot instead of grub (might also fix the startup issue).
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby MaddogF16 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:54 pm

If I remember correctly as long as it's set to boot from the cd drive first won't the windows recovery disk just start right up, as far as remembering how to get the mbr restored, that's been ages ago now.
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby ChaosZak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:01 pm

MaddogF16 wrote:If I remember correctly as long as it's set to boot from the cd drive first won't the windows recovery disk just start right up, as far as remembering how to get the mbr restored, that's been ages ago now.


I've been trying to get that to work. I "think" I have it set to read from the CD First. In my BIOs under "boot priority" The CD Rom group is set ahead of the HDD group and it is set to read my cd drive first. I believe it isn't doing it because of the GRUB boot instead of the normal windows boot.
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Re: Cannot start windows XP

Postby MaddogF16 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:36 pm

That shouldn't be the case because right as bios is completing the bios transfers to whatever is set to be the first place to look for further boot instructions (ie:cd/dvd,floppy,HD,or other) only then if it's passed on to the HD would it be finding the MBR (which should contain GRUB). If it's being told CD first then it spins up the CD looking for possible boot instructions on the first portion of the CD (the same thing it's doing when passed on to any source).

Maybe the disc is bad from the install or maybe the burn wasn't quite 100% and that lead to the issue you're having not being able to boot properly, only takes a few bits of code messed up to cause issues.

Maybe burn a new cd, ofcourse since the windows disc isn't being seen also maybe the real issue lies in the drive itself.

Try entering your bios on bootup and make sure the drive is seen by the bios and identified correctly.
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