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Old 03-29-2008, 01:02 AM   #1
hazlett09
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Boot loader error - macbook running suse


Hello,
I have a macbook core2duo that I recently wiped out completely and am in the process of installing suse enterprise 10. I have a couple issues but i'll let you know the main one first. I can only boot up to the OS from the disc. I cannot boot up my computer reularly without the install DVD. I'm using Grub as my bootloader but everytime I try and configure it, it gives me an error message. As for the error message it doesn't give me much. It just says error occurred while installing GRUB and then is blank with no description on the error message. Is there something i'm going wrong? Can someone please help!

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Old 03-29-2008, 03:59 AM   #2
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You say that
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I cannot boot up my computer reularly without the install DVD.
Have you ever managed to boot the PC (using SUSE, not OSX) from the hard drive?

Have you checked the integrity of your hard drive before installation? (I'm not sure where the problem is occurring from your description but a logical step - is your hard drive boot sector faulty?)
 
Old 03-30-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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I think I should be good to go as far as hard drive errors. I did a repair disk on my hard drive from the mac osx installation CD prior to isntalling Linux and it showed the volume appeared to be ok. It just seemed that the boot loader did not properly load on my computer. Should I maybe try LILO or use a different Grub configuration?
 
Old 03-30-2008, 01:32 PM   #4
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What do you mean recently wiped out completely Did you delete the primary partition and then create it again t if you did so the boot flag is now off So you have put on again . Use geparted to do so



all the best

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Old 03-30-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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Not sure if this helps but ...

Hey,

Not sure if this helps but Macs don't use BIOS and use that "OpenFirmware" thing.

I know this causes havok with boot loaders !


Sorry if I've just stated the obvious-

Cheers
Jamie
 
Old 03-30-2008, 03:23 PM   #6
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Clearly this post is out of date- -

Ahhh:

Clearly this was posted in December and you have probably sold your mac by now.

J
 
Old 03-30-2008, 09:56 PM   #7
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That helps quite a bit. Thank you all to have helped. I just posted this actually in march and haven't sold my macbook and probably never will.. haha... thanks again all
 
Old 02-11-2009, 02:35 PM   #8
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Macbook 1.1 ans Suse??? COOL!!!! How?

I use Suse 11 at work and love it. I used... Leopard at home, and... well... I have been experimenting with Ubuntu for a while. I prefer to run it single boot, but I am currently running dual boot as I ran into some of the same problems it sounds like you have found. I now have 20G designated to OSX (which is never used) and 50 for Ubuntu 10 for swap...

How did you get around these boot issues? Which Suse are you using (I use 11 at work - and love it). Does wireless and the such work? Thanks for the info on your build. I'd like to try to replicate it.
 
  


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