Thinkpad recovery partition

Thinkpad recovery partition

Post by stud117 » Fri, 18 Jul 2003 15:48:11

After some partitioning experiments in order to install linux on a
Thinkpad A31 laptop, the F11 option to boot the recovery partion no
longer works. According to an article from IBM (url is at the bottom)
the reason is that I replaced IBM's boot loader from the MBR. A
solution is provided using grub to boot the recovery partiotion. I
tried it, the recovery partition boots indeed (a windows millenuium
start screen is displayed !?!) but the recovery program does not start
and the message "Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g.
C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)" is displayed. I tried many paths/drive
letters but none worked although exists in the recovery
partiotion (I mounted it under linux and saw it's contents).
Does anyone know anything about this situation? I 'd very much
appreciate any suggestions.

Kostas Hatzikokolakis %20ThinkPad%7CThinkPad%20A31%7C2652%7CMZG&family=IBM%20ThinkPad%7CThinkPad%20A31&machineType=IBM%20ThinkPad%7CThinkPad%20A31%7C2652&model=IBM%20ThinkPad%7CThinkPad%20A31%7C2652%7CMZG#DOCTOP

Thinkpad recovery partition

Post by vcjone » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 22:31:33

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

. . .

I recovered by restoring the copy of the original MBR saved when I
initially installed Linux. The exact command and parameters are in the
LILO mini HowTo. You basically "dd" the bootloader back into the MBR
sector but leave the partition table untouched.

FWIW: Once I got the recovery partition working again (the F11 key shows up on
the second reboot, apparently the "correct MBR" is detected by the BIOS
on the first reboot, then enabled on the second), the first order of
business was to create a recovery floppy (the other option when you boot
the recovery partition). I don't know if the recovery floppy preserves
the partition table, but when the time comes to sell, I can put the
notebook back together again.

Good luck and have fun!
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