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Re: error 18

From: Timothy Baldwin
Subject: Re: error 18
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 21:49:51 +0100
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On Sunday 02 Oct 2005 17:04, Koen Segers wrote:
>       I'm working on gentoo for 2 years now. I still have a dual boot with
> windows xp. Today (after many months) my sister needed windows. I rebooted
> but I got the strange error 18 on my screen. In documentation of grub it
> states that this is a problem with BIOS. Strangely enough there was no
> problem before. Any idea what could have caused this error? Maybe an update
> of grub?

The error 18 from GRUB comes from stage1.5 which runs before the boot menu 
appears. Therefore the error is not coming from GRUB, unless either GRUB was 
installed on your Windows partition, or this beahavour is caused by Gentoo's 
modifications to GRUB.

On Sunday 02 Oct 2005 18:22, Koen Segers wrote:

> I do have a windows install cd. I tried to do a fixmbr, but the install
> halted when inspecting my hardware (so I never got a windows console). I
> think it's because I use a software raid for my other partitions...

It looks like you have Windows problem, I suggest you ask in a Windows 

Software RAID shouldn't cause Windows boot failures. The command you want is 

But before that I suggest you use CHKDSK to fix any filesystem errors.  If 
GRUB stage1 got installed to an NTFS filesystem it will be corrupted.

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