BootMagic error 8250 on startup

February 17, 2011 at 11:25:44
Specs: Windows 7
What does one do to fix this problem which causes the boot manager to fail

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February 17, 2011 at 15:00:56
If this is Partition Magic's BootMagic, it was NEVER intended to be used with Vista and Windows 7 !
It's OLD ! The newest it could be is it was made in 2002 !

Most OLD multiboot programs are NOT compatible with Vista's and Windows 7's ACPI support (Standby, Hibernate, wake on....)!

Search this page for: BootMagic Errors

Good luck getting any support from Symantec for Boot Magic or Partition Magic 8.x these days.

If you are multibooting Vista or Windows 7 with XP or 2000, or in any case, I recommend
BootIt! NG
but it's not free.

There are instructions on their web site for how to HIDE Vista or Windows 7 installations while booting XP or 2000 so that you will NOT lose ALL the System Restore restore points in Vista or Windows 7 EVERY TIME you boot XP or 2000.

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February 17, 2011 at 23:20:50
This is Mr Buekles. I have Windows XP, Ubuntu 8, and OS/2 Warp. The OS/2 operating system is the a fat file system in a primary system where the partition magic boot manager is loaded. My question is what do I do when I get an 8250 error when I turn on my computer. How do I fix it.

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February 18, 2011 at 07:12:22
A few more sentences of info from you doesn't help much.

The operating system you specify that appears below your user name when you're the one who started the Topic is supposed to be the operating system(s) on the problem computer.

Did you have any problems that might be related to using BootMagic previously ?

NOTE that if your hard drive the BootMagic partition is on is failing, you may not be able to fix this problem !


Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

I searched for "error 8250" on the web and found nothing useful regarding BootMagic.

The only reason I knew where that error info page was is I had saved the link in a file on my computer.
I'm a long time Partition Magic user but I haven't used BootMagic much.

That info I pointed to says:

"BootMagic Errors (8000-8999)

These errors are "first head" errors. They can be resolved with assistance from Norton technical support. Before calling technical support, please type the following at a command prompt:

wrprog /bak > x:head1.dat

where x: is one of the drives on your machine.

The Wrprog.exe file can be found in the Utility\DOS folder under your Norton product folder. If you are running under Windows NT and do not have DOS available, you can use the DOS rescue diskettes you created for your Norton software."

Do you have the Symantec - Norton - version of the Partition Magic 8.x CD,
do you have the PowerQuest version of the Partition Magic 8.x CD
do you have a PowerQuest Partition Magic older version CD ?

If you have the Symantec - Norton - CD, you need to boot the computer from something that has a Dos operating system on it that has had the stated wrprog.exe file copied to it, and "....type the following at a command prompt:

wrprog /bak > x:head1.dat

where x: is one of the drives on your machine."

You could try copying the contents of that resulting file to a post of yours here, but I don't know whether that will help much.

You'll probably need to contact Symantec's technical support.
That's the only place that has official support for any version of Partition Magic and BootMagic.

If you have the the PowerQuest version of the Partition Magic 8.x CD, that's what I have - 8.0 - wrprog.exe is in \BTMagic\Rescueme\DOSSYSTEM on the CD.

If you have a PowerQuest Partition Magic older version CD, search the CD to see whether it has wrprog.exe on it.

Did you make a BootMagic bootable floppy ?

If so, have you tried booting with that ?

If you haven't made one, you can make one by using a Setup program on the CD to make one.

On my PowerQuest PM 8.0 CD, you run Setup in BTMagic\Rescueme\

I just made that BootMagic floppy.

You could easily copy wrprog.exe to it.

See the Readme.txt file on it.

Autoxec2.bat and Config.sys on it must be edited, and a version of MSCDEX and at least a generic CD drive driver must be on the floppy, in order to support reading CDs in an optical drive.

If you have a version of the PM 8.x CD, there is info about BootMagic in the PM8 pdf file (manual).
On my PowerQuest PM 8.0 CD, the full manual is PM8.pdf in the \Docs folder on the CD.

Apparently, if you boot the computer from the PM 8.x CD, you can load the Dos version of BootMagic.

In \BTMagic\Rescueme\DOSSYSTEM on the PowerQuest PM 8.0, CD, there are several files that might make a different floppy ???

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