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Old 07-31-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
mrukjames
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Suse 11.1 Installation Problem- Boot Configuration File Contains Errors.


Hi please help, this problem is really destroying my life!

I am trying to install Open Suse 11.1 and it messed up everything. My windows recovery disk also wouldn't work as a result, so I had to send my computer off several times to get it recovered. There was a big messup, and I still don't know what the problem is or was.

So after my system was restored from scratch I tried it again and now there is a problem with the Grub Boot Loader and nothing will start up.

The system repair says there are errors with the boot loader configuration file. Every other check seems fine.

On doing a system repair, I am given the option of editiing or adding a new boot loader. Can anybody talk me through this. Everything else on Google seems so complicated, and I am a beginner. Normally Yaste takes care of all this.

Please tell me what to do, what settings to use or how to add a new one.

Thanks,
James
 
Old 08-01-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
ronlau9
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To begin with give us you're computer spec ?
Where did you install GRUB ?
What did you see on you're screen ?
Which the information you give us it is hard to determine what was going wrong
 
Old 08-01-2009, 12:48 PM   #3
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Hi thanks for your reply.

I am using a Toshiba Equium.

When I turn my computer on nothing happens.

So I boot the OpenSuse 11.1 CD and click "repair system" and it runs a series of checks until it comes up with "The configuaration of the boot loader contains errors. Press repair to generate a new confiuration automatically."

Then I am led to "Section Editior" where I am presented with the following information that I can edit, delete or begin from scratch...

Setion Name: Suse Linux
Optional Kernal Commandline Parameter: repair=1 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HTSS41680J9SA00_SB2204SGCVWRME-part5 splash=silent showopts
Kernal Image: /boot/vmlinuz
Initial RAM Disk: /boot/initrd
Root Device: WRME-part
VGA Mode: 0x361

Section Name: Failsafe
Optional Kernal Commandline Parameter: showopts ide =nodm amp=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz =off highres=off processor.max-cstate=1x11failsafe
Kernal Image: /boot/initrd
Root Device: WRME-part
VGA Mode: 0x361

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I also notice there is no chainloader for windows here.

Could anybody give me some default configuration for getting my computer to work or let know any other ideas for getting my system working? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
James
 
Old 08-01-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
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P.S- I've heard that OpenSuse 11.1 doesn't work out of the box, due to a bug that messes up the Master Boot Record? Especially if you want it to dual boot with Windows? Maybe it's down to this known bug? Maybe someone here experienced the same problem as me and fixed it? Any idea?
 
Old 08-01-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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I have just added kernel (hd0,4)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda7 vga=791 initrd (hd0,4) initrd and a chainloader for windows, but still nothing boots when restarting and these changes are not saved.

When trying to boot Linux from the CD reapair tool "Try to boot installed system" it says, "No root partition found".

If I had my old Suse 10.3 CD still I could try that again but unfortunately I don't have this anymore.
If you can't help I can try and see if I can get telephone help after registering the product. But please if anybody can help then please reply. Thanks.
 
Old 08-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mrukjames View Post
P.S- I've heard that OpenSuse 11.1 doesn't work out of the box, due to a bug that messes up the Master Boot Record? Especially if you want it to dual boot with Windows? Maybe it's down to this known bug? Maybe someone here experienced the same problem as me and fixed it? Any idea?
Not to my knowledge opensuse works for me out of the box in dual boot with windows xp anyhow the cd version.
It looks like that you're menu.lst is incorrect.
Before installing did you run a media check provided on the opensuse media ?
Can you post you're menu.lst ?

Last edited by ronlau9; 08-01-2009 at 02:27 PM.
 
Old 08-01-2009, 06:34 PM   #7
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Hello. I didn't run the media check first as I didn't see any need. But I have just run it and it passes.

I don't know how I can access the menuse1st file since I can't get the system to boot. The only thing I am able to browse is the content of the CD in shell. It looks like I am at another dead end.
 
Old 08-01-2009, 09:33 PM   #8
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Hello. I didn't run the media check first as I didn't see any need. But I have just run it and it passes.

I don't know how I can access the menuse1st file since I can't get the system to boot. The only thing I am able to browse is the content of the CD in shell. It looks like I am at another dead end.
Why not boot from any live cd mount you're hard drive and than access the
menu.lst
 
Old 08-02-2009, 08:03 AM   #9
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Hi thanks for trying to help. I tried CDing the hard drive, but was unable to or rather I don't know how to.
I am fairly new to linux. Although I have been using it for over two years, I have never had any problems like this to deal with.

I am a professional in the sense that I run a website through/using Linux. However it has all been self taught so far. I never recieved the benefit of ay training in Linux. If possible could you please give a brief step by step guide on how to do this?

Kind Regards,
James
 
  


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