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07-31-2012, 11:18 PM
no thats not it but thx for responding at least.
it seems i corrupted the windows partition at some point and then ruined it by trying to reformat in mac. i bought a external dvd drive and made a proper windows 7 install dvd. loaded that and fixed the partition (reformatted).
then i followed the mechdrew method and installed win7 on the newly formatted ntfs partition....and osx 10.5 on the mac partition...combo updated to 10.5.8...that works great now but the windows partition says master boot record error still and i cant get it to work (cant get it to boot!). tried using the dvd to fix but it says cant repair.
any suggestions or links??
---------- Post added at 05:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:49 PM ----------
ok i am on my way to fixing things.
i used fdisk in my osx install usb under TERMINAL and reset my windows partition as ACTIVE. then shutdown and ran my windows 7 dvd and went to repair...it fixed the boot error (it actually came up and said would i like to repair). so now it automatically boots into windows fine yaaayyy!
so next step is to boot osx install usb again...reset mac partition as ACTIVE (so that it loads Chameleon)....then reinstall my NBI to fix or set things properly.
should be all good then. will report back.
here are links for help---
dual boot guide
Advanced 2: Multi-Boot Configuration | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
fdisk from mac terminal
[How to] Setting Your Partition "Active" Using Fdisk in MacOSX - InsanelyMac Forum
another guide that helped me realize because i didnt set the mac partition active BEFORE installing mac osx it ruined my windows boot mgr. because it altered the boot files on the partition marked ACTIVE.
Start with Windows, Add OS X- Guide to Dual Boot.
---------- Post added at 05:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:20 PM ----------
ok so next booted osx install usb...reset mac partition ACTIVE and then reinstalled NBI.
now windows gives me a boot error again!!!
soooo gonna try resetting windows partition ACTIVE...repairing...then resetting mac partition ACTIVE and NOT reinstalling NBI...guess trying to do too much at once without boot checking first ha.
---------- Post added at 05:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:43 PM ----------
ok that worked. windows partition active. repaired. reset mac partition active. DONE.
---------- Post added at 07:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:57 PM ----------
hmmm further thoughts/notes---i should add that i didnt enter Safe Mode when i last reinstalled NBI and it messed up my win7 partition....maybe that was the cause....
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