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Old 06-16-2004, 02:45 PM   #1
TheOtaku
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Boot loader problems


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:
Rescue:#
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:
grub:#
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.

And that, is my dillemma
Thank you for your time
 
Old 06-16-2004, 03:12 PM   #2
tuxrules
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You can go ahead with reinstall the grub and everything if you know...but if you are a newbie i would suggest you first load windows and then linux...that will take care fo everything.

Sorry, I'm a newbie too so can't help with rescue procedure...
 
Old 06-16-2004, 03:18 PM   #3
TheOtaku
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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
 
Old 06-16-2004, 03:52 PM   #4
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Case Closed.

I booted up the install CD, selected Manual Install, selected Install, then Boot Installed System, then HDA3.
It's a nuissance to do everytime but it works.
 
Old 06-16-2004, 06:19 PM   #5
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I remember Suse has a feature called 'boot installed O.S.' booting from install cd 1 which lets you get into linux again when things like this happens.
Once into suse you could restore lilo/grub back

Anyway...

Cheers

Last edited by RockmanExe; 06-16-2004 at 06:21 PM.
 
  


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