A few weeks back, I blogged about my problems installing Linux on an IBM ThinkPad. Because I’d like to get the Access IBM predesktop area back (and then install Linux so the system will dual-boot with Windows XP), I used the recovery CDs that IBM sent me (free of charge as the system is under warranty).
Initially, recovery failed due to a lack of free space, so I deleted the existing partition (using an MS-DOS boot disk and fdisk) before attempting recovery once more. This time the files were copied to the hard disk but after rebooting, I was greeted with a GRUB error:
GRUB Loading stage1.5…
GRUB loading, please wait…
To access this, I booted the system from a Windows XP CD, waited for files to be loaded into memory, then selected
R for recovery console, selected my Windows XP installation and entered the administrator password.
Once inside the Windows XP recovery console, I tried the
fixboot command. This didn’t seem to make any difference on reboot, so I tried again with
fixmbr. After another reboot, Windows XP was up and running (some Internet sites suggest
fdisk /mbr but that’s not a recovery console command under Windows XP).
Unfortunately I still haven’t managed to restore the Access IBM predesktop area (all IBM say is “it should have been restored by the restore CDs”) – if I ever manage to resolve that one, I’ll post the results here.