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Old 04-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

Well, I installed Linux on a parition a while ago. But, now, the boot option to linx was on the Windows partition. So... That never went away. I can deal with that. But, now, when I press F8 to get into safe mode, it takes me to the boot screen. I need to get rid of a virus.


Am, I totally screwed? I mean id reformat, but I lost my disk, lol!


Oh well.. Any ideas to get rid of that stupid thing.


When you run msconfig, and go to the boot.ini tab, it wont let me change anything. So.. Im lost!!
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:00 PM   #2
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Ever heard of Spybot and a-squared scanner? Both for Spyware and Malware. Check this. If you need to recopy the Linux boot, just reinstall Linux. No Big deal.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:20 PM   #3
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Im ashamed to say, i had to reinstall linux suse 3 times before it worked properly.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:27 PM   #4
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

This is Mandrake Linux. I cut my Windows Paritition in half. And when I boot up, it asks me what I wanna do. Linux boot, failsafe, something, and windows.

And If I reinstall it with the disk I dont have, it doesnt matter, because, it doesnt give me the option to properly uninstall.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:33 PM   #5
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So what happens when you do a linux boot.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

I deleted the Linux parition. So, I choose linux.. And it just sits there.. Forever. It cant load anything.. And it doesnt know that its not there. So it just stalls there... Forever!
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

Spybot sounds like the best idea.

Although if I were you I would clean up that Setup eventually. It seems a little on the busy side. You should whipe it all and start again, reinstall Windows, reinstall Linux, and have a third partition for files.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:35 PM   #8
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wait...can you load windows? if you can then when the progress bar is running across turn off ur pc..the next time it will prompt u for safe mode
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

"Yeah, I can load windows. And spybot isnt going to do anything, because its not a virus or any form of spyware.

And what are you talking about, because I cant do anything to make it start in safe mode, or even give me the option
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

Isn't Safe Mode a Windows thing? Does this Linux Distribution have a form of it?
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Yes, its called failsafe.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:03 PM   #12
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But see, linux is gone. Alotta good that does me huh. I dont think you understand, that this boot menu is just blocking my way into windows safe mode.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:10 PM   #13
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i DO realize that. I was just letting Kalthorn know. I dont know what to tell you. Windows xp right?

This is why i booted linux to a seperate hdd.
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Well, does anyone know anything of boot.ini paths?
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Lol, yeah I know nothing about Linux Hence the Avatar.

Could you not get into the Windows Boot Menu through the Windows Installer? You could boot it from that, blank the Linux Partition, shut down without telling it to install and then it should work? Perhaps...
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Okay, something like this changes your MBR (Master Boot Record).
The MBR handles the selection table you get for dual boots and such..

Put in a Windows XP disk and let it boot up.
When it gets to the menu, press R for Recovery Console.
When it comes to the prompt, type fixmbr
When it asks for an administrator password, you can almost always just press Enter.

That fixed it for me.
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That is very handy to know!
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:46 PM   #18
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

Wow thanks dude. Well, will it work with a different Windows? Becuase I lost my home disk, and thats what is on my computer. But, I do have windows corperate laying aruond here somewhere.
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Default Re: I've lost my safe mode... What do I do?!

corporate, eh? **cough**pirate**cough**.

jks, i have it too, but i lost my original and i actually have a LEGIT cd key lol

well anyway, wat did you wanna know about boot.ini?
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Yeah it's a MBR / GRUB issue. Just pop in a Windows CD and do the recovery console.
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