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    can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    I need to restore my Windows MBR, I tried to install ms-sys following the instructions here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...70&postcount=2
    but I get
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install ms-sys
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package ms-sys

    I did enabled the universe. and updated. All log here:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
    Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1) hardy/main Translation-en_US
    Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1) hardy/restricted Translation-en_US
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy Release.gpg
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security Release.gpg
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/universe Translation-en_US
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates Release.gpg
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/universe Translation-en_US
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security Release
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy Release
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates Release
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/main Packages
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Packages
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/restricted Packages
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/universe Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/restricted Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/universe Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/main Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/restricted Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy/universe Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/main Packages
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/restricted Packages
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/universe Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/restricted Sources
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/universe Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/main Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/restricted Sources
    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/universe Sources
    Reading package lists... Done
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install ms-sys
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package ms-sys

  2. #2
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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    It looks like ms-sys was removed due to some licencing issues (more info here).
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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    you can download it here
    http://sourceforge.net/project/downl...e_mirror=voxel
    and install instructions here http://ms-sys.sourceforge.net/

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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    You could download "ms-sys" from packages.debian.org, but fortunately you can install a Windows equivalent MBR simply doing the following from the Live CD:
    Code:
    sudo lilo -M  /dev/sda mbr
    Lilo is all ready installed on the Live CD, so you don't need to download anything.

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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    I managed to start Windows XP, using GAG from SysRescueCD. Then I found the mbrfix tool here: http://www.sysint.no/Download/tabid/...S/Default.aspx. The great thing about mbrfix is that it runs from Windows, and you do not need a Windows installation disk. I write this just in case someone else has the same problem.

    however, repairing Windows XP MBR with lilo from Ubuntu Live CD is fantastic ! I will try that next time after a Linux install. thanks !

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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    Quote Originally Posted by caljohnsmith View Post
    (...) fortunately you can install a Windows equivalent MBR simply doing the following from the Live CD:
    Code:
    sudo lilo -M  /dev/sda mbr
    Lilo is all ready installed on the Live CD, so you don't need to download anything.
    This topic is kinda old, but still useful. In Karmic Koala, I had to

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lilo
    before the actual lilo command. But, otherwise, worked like a charm in a Packard Bell notebook.

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    Re: can not install ms-sys (Ubuntu 8.0.4 live CD)

    Worked great for me with a 10.04 i386 live CD. Just run the live CD and enter two commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lilo
    sudo lilo -M  /dev/sda mbr

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