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Can't directly boot XP with BTTR BootMgr (Users)

posted by eln(R), 13.02.2009, 22:52

The partition layout as shown by BootMgr is as follows:

Hard disk 1 (of 2), Size = 465G   C:H:S = 1024,255,63

1 0C FAT32X     15570M LBA    0:1:1 1023:254:63 <-
2 07 HPFS,NTFS,    39G LBA 1023:1:1 1023:254:63
3 07 HPFS,NTFS,    39G LBA 1023:1:1 1023:254:63
4 05 Extended     372G LBA 1023:1:1 1023:254:63

I installed Windows XP Pro to partition #2 (E:). Thus, according to MS boot layout, the boot files (boot.ini, ntldr etc.) went to partition #1 (C:), the system itself to #2. If I leave this as it is, and just put BootMgr into the MBR, XP boots correctly:

Menu       Assoc.

XP Main    #1 <-
<Floppy>   A:

But when I move the boot files to partition #2, set #2 as active partition, and associate "#2 <-" to "XP Main", then I just get a blinking cursor when I select "XP Main" in the boot menu.

I put a 2nd operating system line into boot.ini, so those two lines should be presented during the boot, but that doesn't happen. boot.ini doesn't seem to be found during the boot process. The original boot.ini entry looks as follows:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Main System" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

which looks OK to me. I really have no idea what I'm doing wrong here. Any help highly appreciated.

Many thanks


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