I run a dual boot system with XP and Suse 10.0 on my Compaq Presario R3000 laptop, and it all worked fine for many months. However, I downloaded (in windows) a trial version of Acronis Disc Doctor and this came with an OS boot loader program... this was were my problems started.
The Acronis boot loader replaced Grub, worked for two days and then became corrupted and I couldn't boot my laptop at all. It also refused to boot from any CD despite this being set from Bios! To get into my laptop I eventually removed the hard drive, then it would boot from CD. I booted it from CD, quickly put the Hard drive back in (whilst it was booting) managed to get into windows and then uninstalled the Acronis program from my laptop.
On reboot, acronis disappeared (hurrah!) and Windows booted succesfully, although without the option of booting my Suse linux. I then rebooted from the Suse DVD (this is a long story isn't it - sorry!), used one of the options to check the linux installation and reloaded GRUB. So, I then rebooted again and Grub allowed Windows to boot, but on restarting and trying the Linux option, I just got a blank screen and nothing else. I can't get linux to reboot.
I have run several options from the Suse DVD (using GUI only as I'm a newbie still) and have checked the installation, and have even got it to boot as one of the repair options. Linux then worked fine (so it is still there) although it could no longer mount or recognise my windows files. I opened yast and checked a few things but didn't really know what to check as all of the stuff I know about was fine.
So, where do I go from here folks? I suspect something is corrupted somewhere, but don't know how to proceed. I suspect the partition system is messed up somehow.
I'm reluctant to start again and reinstall Suse as I have spent weeks trying to get it all set up as I want, using my wireless network, use the mouse correctly, etc etc. I really dont want to lose these settings, although there is no data on my Suse partitions that I need.
Sorry for rambling on, but I have tried to give as much detail as possible. Any suggestions welcome, but please keep questions simple as I'm still quite new to linux commands.
Thanks for listening.