[CentOS] Re: Windows XP fixmbr from Centos?

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Wed Jul 30 16:49:42 UTC 2008

on 7-30-2008 12:29 AM Robert Moskowitz spake the following:
> I am still dead on my corporate system, and the XP boot CD I brought 
> won't boot.  And so far I have not found anyone here at the IETF meeting 
> that happens to have one in their bag of tricks...
> So I found instructions on doing this in Ubuntu:
> http://www.arsgeek.com/2008/01/15/how-to-fix-your-windows-mbr-with-an-ubuntu-livecd/ 
> I have my Centos install CD 1 of 6 that gets me into rescue.  Is it able 
> to fix my mbr?
> Problem I have with the above instructions (of course I have not tried 
> them as I would have to burn the Ubuntu live CD), is I cannot write 
> anything to the harddrive to store a program to fix the drive (at least 
> that is my reading of the instructions).  I suppose I can put a USB 
> drive on the system to hold any temp thing?
I am wondering if any standard Microsoft boot sector might work. I could 
probably e-mail you a CD image of a dos 7.1 bootdisk if "fdisk /mbr" would 
work. I have never tried it, and maybe I'll quickly fire up a VM image of XP 
and try it.

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