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My PC is an older model Toshiba Satellite that I've upgraded a bit to handle Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
Recently, I joined a CST program at a local college, and there is an entire mod on Linux. I'm at the top of my class, and I aim to stay that way, so I found out what distro they were using, and downloaded openSUSE 11.3. I tried to install it once, and I failed, though I didn't screw up my Windows...much.
I've created an entire 132GB partition, and a 3 or 4GB swap, but I keep getting an error about the boot loader not being on a partition entirely below 128GB. So, I set the partition for 127.98GB, and still with the error.
I'm no slacker when it comes to working with Windows, but when it comes to Linux, of any type, I'm horrible. I need to be able to install the fully functional openSUSE OS alongside my Windows 7 Ultimate, without completely screwing my Windows install up. I can recover, so I'm not afraid to try new things... but it's still a pain.
If there's any advice you guys and gals could give for making this a reality, I would greatly appreciate it.
Distribution: Mandriva 2009 X86_64 suse 11.3 X86_64 Centos X86_64 Debian X86_64 Linux MInt 86_64 OS X
Are you sure that error is about the boot loader ?
Because if you did not change it the boot loader is written in MBR .
Or did you like to install the boot loader on the boot partition of openssuse and use windows boot loader to boot windows and opensuse
You can try one think make one empty space of let say 60 GB and let opensuse make the partitions for you of course on the free space of 60 GB and still you install the boat loader on the boot partition of opensuse
I think you are trying to place the bootloader on the linux partition, and that may not be needed. You'd need to reduce the size of the windows partition so that the linux partition would then start below the limit.
In most cases that complaint is simply a complaint not an problem unless your system is kind of old. Somewhere in the installer it should allow you to choose where to put grub. It should allow you to overwrite the windows loader.
Might consider also a usb install. They are mostly easy but suse needs a few different tricks. See opensuse site or pendrivelinux.com
Thanks, all... It seems all I needed to do was resize my Win7 partition just a bit, and re-install. This is the one time I'm glad that Windows hates GRUB so much. I had hoped, when I found out I would need SUSE, that it would have a similar install tool to the one supprted by Ubuntu, the WUBI installer... But after your help, and a little "creative engineering," I seem to have gotten SUSE to function fairly well. I'm looking forward to getting used to Linux, and soon hope to be able to learn a lot more about it, so that I can pass along the help. Thanks very much.