non-standard mbr

Discussion in 'Dell' started by J Sims, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. J Sims

    J Sims Guest

    Computer is a Dell 4400.

    I want to do a clean reinstall of Windows XP home.

    First I want to rewrite the mbr. I've tried using the fixmbr command with
    the Repair Console on the installation CD and it gives the message:

    "This computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid master boot

    What's that about?
    J Sims, Dec 1, 2003
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    WSZsr Guest

    WSZsr, Dec 1, 2003
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  3. J Sims

    J Sims Guest

    Are you saying that the older fdisk/mbr is better than fixmbr from the
    Recovery console?

    What I want to know is, Did the Dell computer originally come with a
    non-standard mbr and if so, then Why and Is there any reason why I shouldn't
    change it?
    J Sims, Dec 1, 2003
  4. J Sims

    Tom Swift Guest

    Performing a clean install will remove the old master boot record. In
    general, there is no reason for you to touch the master boot record unless
    it has been infacted by a virus.

    Tom Swift
    Tom Swift, Dec 1, 2003
  5. J Sims

    WSZsr Guest

    No "non-standard" MBR for Dell. Change it all you like. Haven't used the
    recovery console fixmbr so I can answer that question.
    WSZsr, Dec 1, 2003
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