Hi, the problem I have is with Windows XP professional but I thought it better to ask for help here rather than starting a new post since the symptoms are very similar to what Pikachu described before. I have also read this closed post http://www.boot-land...?...=3833&st=40
. I seem to be getting the idea of what is going on but since jaclaz has suggested not to rush into using the 'parttype' command I rather wait to read any suggestions from the experts. Here is a summary of the problem and some information I have collected (Thanks in advance for any help provided):
1. When I start my PC, it goes to GNU Grub version 0.95 where I can choose between starting Linux or Windows XP Pro. I only have one physical drive partitioned for Linux and Windows.
2. I can boot Linux but when trying to boot Windows I get the typical black & white screen with the following message:
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.
If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Start Windows Normally"
3. Choosing any one of the five options given in the black & white screen won't boot windows and will show for a fraction of a second another screen with:
"Booting 'Microsoft Windows XP Professional'
filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
after which it takes me to a blue screen with:
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps. Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check you hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer.
Technical information:xxx STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF7C84640,0XC0000034,0X00000000,0X00000000)"
Restarting the computer and trying to boot windows only takes me back to the blue screen over and over.
4. Back to the GNU grub menu, I pressed 'c' to see the selected command in the boot sequence, which is:
5. Also in Grub, I have typed the 'root', 'geometry' and 'find' commands with these results:
root (hd0,0)Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
root (hd0,1)Filesystem type ext2fs, partition type 0x83
root (hd0,2)Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x5
root (hd0,3)Error 22: no such partition
root (hd0,4)Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x82
root (hd0,5)Error 22: no such partition
geometry (hd0,0)drive 0X80:C/H/S=833/240/63, the number of sectors=12594960, LBA
partition number: 0, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
partition number: 1, Filesystem type ext2fs, partition type 0x83
partition number: 4, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x82
Same results are shown with geometry (hd0,1), geometry (hd0,2) and geometry (hd0,4). Surprisingly, no information for partition 2 appears.
For partition (hd0,1) I typed
find /Possible files are: lost+found etc media cdrom,
find --set-root /ntldrError 15: File not found
For all other partitions I get
find /Error 17: cannot mount selected partition