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Old 09-24-2004, 04:52 AM   #1
owldbartle
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dual boot cannot access linux after winxp install


i am currently running winxp pro and suse 9.1 pro as a dual boot i have just had to re-install windows and have lost the boot menu that suse installed do i have to start from scratch and re-install suse 9.1 to get that menu back or can somebody tell me another way without a full install please
 
Old 09-24-2004, 05:00 AM   #2
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I'm not sure exactly how SuSE works, but in Mandrake, you boot with the first CD or DVD, enter rescue mode and select re-install bootloader. SuSE must have the same kind of deal.

HTH
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Old 09-24-2004, 05:06 AM   #3
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Re: dual boot cannot access linux after winxp install

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Originally posted by owldbartle
i am currently running winxp pro and suse 9.1 pro as a dual boot i have just had to re-install windows and have lost the boot menu that suse installed do i have to start from scratch and re-install suse 9.1 to get that menu back or can somebody tell me another way without a full install please
The windows have probably overwriten the boot sector.
I think that above solution should work on Suse.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 06:22 AM   #4
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SUSE 9.1

See Chapter 3 - page 45 in the SUSE User GUide for Rescue System - Basically just boot from the CD/DVD and choose repair system. Follow the instructions, just remember that when you select partitions mount them but don't format if you have any data on them you want to keep ;-)

Just think before you click!
 
Old 09-24-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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This is why I let Windows have its boot manager, and configure it to boot Linux. Windows is too trigger happy with the MBR. The SUSE CD1 or DVD solution will work.

You should also consider making an emergency boot disk. It's not hard.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 05:57 PM   #6
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Those arent the best suggestions but if you are using LILO all you have to do is boot from the first disk or whatever the rescue disk is and goto a command prompt become root and type lilo and your boot loader will be back
 
Old 09-27-2004, 05:56 AM   #7
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Thanx guys for all your help back up and running now
 
Old 09-27-2004, 05:59 AM   #8
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Hey man. Next time install windows first. let windows use the whole partition or not. either way is fine. Then when installing linux select use unpartioned space or you can resize the windows partition assuming it is defragged.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 08:39 AM   #9
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Here is a suggestion before posting actually read, He said he had to re-install windows
 
Old 09-27-2004, 12:58 PM   #10
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yeah i meant for future installs this may be easier.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 09:28 PM   #11
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here is how I installed windows after linux in a second hdd. I use grub as bootloader. first I swapped cables where second would show up as first drive just long enough to install windows then revert it back afterward(I think some bios's can do this) now I booted into linux and edited the grub.conf like so.

Code:
title=windowsXP
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
Purpose is to trick windows into thinking it's on first drive
 
  


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