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Old 02-10-2006, 07:40 PM   #31
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It froze at boot.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:42 PM   #32
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Doh! I'm really not much help. I don't understand why it's not working!!!
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:43 PM   #33
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Actually it isn't an error. Grub has reported back that it has found the partition type 7 which confirms a NTFS filing system has been discovered. Grub can't read NTFS and so it treats it as unknown. Grub doesn't boot XP directly. It boots only XP's boot loader which has no name but residing in the sectors immediately behind the MBR.

The rootnoverify only means "no need to verify" to see if it is a Linux partition.

The idea of manually booting XP is to find out which step that causes a failure. No response by Grub can mean it has accept the instruction and ready for the next command.

The "boot" statement should fire XP up.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 08:07 PM   #34
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I did that and it just froze.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 08:18 PM   #35
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In that case the problem may lie with your XP.

What you can do is to make a bootable Grub floppy for your Suse and restore XP's MBR.

To make a bootable Grub floppy just log in as root, pop a floppy into the drive and type
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grub-install /dev/fd0
Thereafter you can either boot a Dos floppy (Dos 6 or above) with fdisk.exe inside and type
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fdisk /mbr
alternatively you can boot up the PC with a XP or Win2k installation CD, wait until it offers installation or repair, choose Recovery console to repair and get into command prompt. Just type
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fixmbr
From this point onward XP should be booted by its own MBR and you can boot Suse by the floppy.

Any time you want Grub back into MBR just do the same thing of making a floppy except the destination should be /dev/hda instead of /dev/fd0.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 08:38 PM   #36
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I made the floppy as said in the first code, but it's not booting. and I'm sure floppy boot is set first. And how do I get fdisk on there?
 
Old 02-10-2006, 09:11 PM   #37
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OK I found my old Windows boot disk and ran fixmbr in the recovery mode. It said it rewrote the physical drives mbr. I rebooted, and nothing changed at all.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 12:05 AM   #38
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from the old windows boot disk try fdisk /mbr

You should then get the XP boot loader, not grub or lilo...
 
Old 02-11-2006, 04:20 AM   #39
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The grub-install only duplicate what you have in the hard disk a copy of Grub. If you have done it correctly you boot the PC exactly as before but without the use of the MBR.

You can access to Suse and restore it boot loader any time. The necessary steps are documented in "Just booting tips" link in my signatine.

As Pljvaldes said if you have restored XP's MBR correctly then you should see no sign of Grub and Suse will not be booted without the use of the floppy.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 07:16 AM   #40
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How can I make a Windows boot disk? The recovery CD did nothing.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 07:40 AM   #41
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Can you confirm that you are running XP's MBR and the Linux isn't bootable? If you can run Linux then your recovery CD hasn't restore XP's MBR yet.

There is no Windows boot disk, unless it is a DOS-based system. XP is a NT version and does not have a boot disk. However if it was bootable originally then any Linux boot loader (Grub or Lilo) can boot it.

Linux boot loader can boot a XP but "cannot" repair a faulty one.

If you are running XP with its own MBR but it doesn't boot then you need to repair (by doing a partial reinstall) it.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 07:43 AM   #42
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Partial reinstall? What's that? I mean, I don't want to lose any files.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 07:53 AM   #43
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OK, I ran the install CD, one of the options was the Reinstall over the old Windows without formatting. Is that what I'm looking for? I don't want to lose ANY files.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 08:21 AM   #44
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There are two kind of computer users. Users who back up and users who haven't had HDD failure yet. Your files are not safe by any means until you have backed them up. Period.
 
  


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