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I've found several topics on this but none of them seemed to help me.
So I relate:
I had WindowsXP on my machine but it needed to be reinstalled, so I installed Suse9.1 Personal and used it to back up my Windows files. Then when I re-installed my Windows it over-wrote the boot loader as it does.
Like other threads have stated, I used the SuSE LIVE! CD to boot in but from there I can never access my Windows or Linux partitions. And mount gives me errors about the /etc/fstab.
Next, I boot into Rescue System from the SuSE install CD. It asks me to login and I do (as root) and it brings me to this screen:
so I type lilo and it tells me "no lilo.cfg file found"
So I type grub and it brings me to the screen that says:
so I type help and it gives me a list of all the commands I can use.
All of them give me errors like "invalid command" or "kernel must be loaded before ~ modules" or "multiboot kernel must be loaded to boot".
Alas, no dice.
So next I downloaded GRUB, and tried to re-install it. Too many errors to list here.
And so, in desperation I booted Windows and went to Control Panel-System-Advanced then clicked Settings for Startup and Recovery, then clicked Edit for the boot.ini
I can edit and save changes to boot.ini but I don't want to screw it up too badly so if anyone knows a way to fix it through that, please tell me.
Right, I knew I could re-install windows then linux but the problem is I would then lose all the files I had originally saved in Linux.
Plus I have fiddled with the install disk to try to install only grub, still having trouble with that though.
Thanks though for the input