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    Default Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Here's a shot to help you get an idea of my problem (here).
    I know very little of linux so far but im gradually getting used to it.
    I have a dual boot system, with windows xp pro.

    Another problem is with grub. There are duplicates listed like this
    > ubuntu
    > mem test
    > ubuntu
    > mem test
    Select other OS:
    > Windows XP

    I've tried changing XP to be the default OS ($ gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst) but no change. How can I effectively change the default and remove the duplicates as well as get past my first problem up top ^ ?
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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    That is not a good error message. Can you still boot into WinXP OK?

    Have a read of this which is on the SuSE support website, but it explains your problem and possible solutions clearly.

    Regarding your GRUB menu entries, once you have resolved your hard drive or filesystem errors, post the contents of menu.lst as it currently looks.

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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Hmm.. how do i remove linux and restore the original windows bootloader?
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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    You can use the Linux install CD to (carefully) delete the Linux partitions. Take care you don't touch the XP partitions. Then use the XP recovery console to repair the MBR (master boot record) using fixmbr which will get rid of GRUB. Have a look here on using the recovery console.

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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Whereabouts on the cd can i do that? Would deleting the linux partition and swap do the same job safely?
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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Merry Xmas,

    And to the topic, you can leave the Linux partitions and can remove them safely through Windows XP through the Disk Management Section of Computer Management found in Administration Tools in Control Panel.

    To get Windows bootloader back, you'll need to boot from the Windows XP CD, you'll need to enter the Recovery Console (You'll get to a menu that will ask you to press R, not the F2 option that will appear at the bottom during setup).

    You'll then need to select the Windows directory, you'll also need to know the System Administrator password, default password is blank (nothing), just press Enter.

    You should be at C:\>Windows, you'll just need to type FIXMBR and press enter and that'll restore the MBR back to Windows, it might ask for a confirmation to do so, just go with the Yes option, probably by typing Y and pressing enter.

    Cheers,

    KK

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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Cheers and merry xmas too.
    I have the option to delete the logical drive that linux is sitting on. I have another partition that has music etc. Deleting the linux logical drive shouldnt affect it?
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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    You can delete the logical Linux partition. Just make sure you don't touch the extended partition. As with any partition manipulation, there is the risk you will lose data. Make sure you have backups.

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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    I deleted the swap and now the two partitions are "free space." One reads over 1,200GB for some reason. There is no option to delete that free space or merge them etc.
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    Default Re: Linux fsck.. Fails to boot

    Back up your data now. Mysteriously massive partitions and corrupted filesystems are not good signs when it comes to measuring disk integrity. You really want a copy of all your files. Use a live CD to copy your documents to another drive in case your disk dies or the partition table becomes irreparably corrupted.
    Why use a simple solution when a complicated one will suffice?

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