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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2012, 09:28:17 pm »
I have tried to sort this machine out but I can't get it to boot to Windows.

It would be interesting to see what steps have you performed
a) to remove Peppermint
b) to restore Windows

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2012, 09:36:36 pm »
If windows is still there (and it probably is), it's probably just a bootloader issue .. have you tried booting to the XP CDROM, then when propted hitting F6 (or whatever it is) to access the "Recovery Console", then running:

fixmbr
and
fixboot

?

It's never a doorstop unless it's a hardware fault .. worst case scenario, wipe the hard drive, and reinstall Windows from scratch .. but that's "worst case", it's probably still fixable without going to those lengths.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2012, 09:36:36 pm »

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2012, 09:44:58 pm »
I'd say run CHDSK from the CMD and see if there are any errors with the Windows partition.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2012, 09:52:26 pm »
Sorry donwatson, I fought it .. and held on for as long as I could .. but .. but .. but .. Why not fix it by putting Linux back on ?

Ahhh .. I feel so much better now :)

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2012, 05:35:00 pm »
Hi Mark,
I have PeppermintOS 2 on the other computer and it works great.
I was just trying to put XP on this computer to run Autocad.

take care
Don W
PS When I start this computer it goes into a continual loop.
It arrives at a screen that offers a startup choice of
Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Last known good configuration
Start Windows normally
If I pick any of the first 3 it opens another screen that loads Windows drivers, then says Press Escape to cancel loading a347bus.sys.
I have tried every configuration that is offered but the machine just loops back from the bios setup screen to the loading screen.
This loop means I have to pull the plug to stop the machine   >:(
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2012, 05:35:00 pm »

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2012, 08:06:12 pm »
If this is being caused by a347bus.sys .. try booting to a Linux LiveCD/LiveUSB, then navigating to the Windows drive, then \Windows\System32\Drivers\

and MOVE

a347bus.sys
and
a347scsi.sys

To somewhere else on the drive .. don't delete them ... move them.

Then see if XP will boot .. if not, try a REPAIR install:-

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

FYI .. those 2 files are part of the Alcohol virtual CD suite.

It may also be a good idea to run chkdsk from the XP cd's recovery console .. do you know how ?
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2012, 08:54:55 pm »
Hi Mark,
Running chkdsk from the recovery console gives

chkdsk found one or more errors on the volume
109506832 kilobytes total disk space
60219696 kilobytes are available
MOVE is not one of the commands available in recovery
There is a DISABLE command that I could try (it also has the ENABLE command to restore)

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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2012, 09:14:51 pm »
First .. Did chkdsk say it had fixed the errors ?

If not .. from the XP recovery console try running
Code: [Select]
chkdsk c: /f
(sod it .. run that anyway)

then see if XP will boot .. if not ...

Read my last response again ;) .. use a LINUX LiveCD to move those 2 files :)

Then see if XP will boot.

If not .. try an XP repair install.
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2012, 11:19:35 pm »
Or...

You could burn G-Parted to a CD. Wipe your harddrive, and install Windows?
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Re: remove peppermint
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2012, 01:11:10 am »
Hi Mark,
I followed the How to perform a Windows XP repair install.
All went well until it asked

The file VIAAGP1.SYS on VIAAGP Filter Driver Disk is needed.
Type the path where the file is located, then click O.K.

I am off to bed

take care
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2012, 02:03:19 am »
That's part of the VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP driver .. easiest way past that message is ..

VIAAGP1.SYS should already be installed on the system .. so when it gets to where it asks for it, select "Browse" and pointed it to the C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers folder .. it should then display the VIAAGP1.SYS file, select it and continue.

If you get any similar messages for other files .. try browsing to:
C:\WINDOWS
then
C:\WINDOWS\System32
then
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers

they'll most often be in one of those 3 directories.

Ideally, you'd have the proper drivers unpacked and on a disk somewhere .. but 99.9% of the time, pointing it at the already installed file that it's looking for is fine.



[EDIT]

Erm .. how the heck have I ended up doing unpaid Windows support .. and on a Linux forum at that ???
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Re: remove peppermint
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2012, 12:36:59 pm »
Hi Mark,
I have found the the file needed on the motherboard disc and installed.
I carried through the install and when I rebooted it said 'Error loading Operating System'
I then opted for a clean install from the XP CD with the same result  >:(
I have now installed PeppermintOS 2 on this machine and am using it to write this.
Goodbye Windross  ;D

take care
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Re: SOLVED remove peppermint
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2012, 01:21:12 pm »
Bit odd that .. did you use Windows to create/format its own partition ?

see here:
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000730.htm
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Re: SOLVED remove peppermint
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2012, 01:43:48 pm »
Yes Mark I carried through all the instructions as they were copied from the EHow site.
I am happy that Linux is installed on my main machine, I will try and put XP and Autocad on the other machine.

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Re: SOLVED remove peppermint
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2012, 02:27:05 pm »
Okey Dokey .. Good Luck :)
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