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Old 07-11-2004, 10:03 PM   #1
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install Suse, xp wont boot, repair xp suse wont boot


ARGH, I am about to loose my mind.......

I have 3 hard drives...

1st drive: 3 ntfs partitions 1=win200 2=winxp 3=programs
2nd drive: (I think 2 partitions) SuSE Linux 9.1
3rd drive: mass storage drive

Here is my issue.. I installed SuSE 9.1 for the umpteenth time and FINALLY got it working perfect. only issue was for some reason I could boot into windows xp but it wouldnt get past the blue scree where a username was supposed to appear (it only showed a small windows XP logo)
So I figured it couldnt be an issue with boot loaders seeing as I installed a COMPLETELY seperate bootloader on the second drive and left the first one untouched (still ntloader) since I am using a 3rd party bootloader this is not an issue.

So I finally got all my settings corrected updated linux and everythings peachy...cool
a
Went to "repair" Windows XP...I am now able to boot into windows 2000 and XP with the nt loader on drive 1. but for some reason all I get when load up suse is...GRUB...and thats all it says.

Does anyone know of a rescue level command I can use to REINSTALL GRUB? The drive is /hdg(not sure if its 1 2 or 3)

Please help quick!!!

Why would a repair of windows XP keep me from booting onto my linux drive which has its own boot loader?
 
Old 07-11-2004, 10:57 PM   #2
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Not sure if its your case, but...

http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2004/0...booting91.html
 
Old 07-11-2004, 11:06 PM   #3
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Yeah, I read that one, but its not xp that wont boot, its suse!!
 
Old 07-11-2004, 11:50 PM   #4
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Ok, heres what I did.

I loaded up the setup disk for the first os on the first drive (2000) and did an FIXMBR in the recovery console. exited out, I couldnt see my linux drive (for obvious microsoft reasons) when I booted up. But I logged into my 2000 os and reinstalled my bootloader and everything is running fine now!!! WIERD!
 
Old 07-12-2004, 12:18 AM   #5
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Re: install Suse, xp wont boot, repair xp suse wont boot

Quote:
Originally posted by Tangz

1st drive: 3 ntfs partitions 1=win200 2=winxp 3=programs
2nd drive: (I think 2 partitions) SuSE Linux 9.1
3rd drive: mass storage drive
I'm glad you fixed your problem, but I had a curiosity about your post. How do you have three HDDs? Do you have a SCSI controller? Also, how can you have two partitions for SuSe Linux? Do mean something like:
/boot & /
or
/ & /home
or
/ & /var

?

Just curious,
ian
 
Old 07-12-2004, 09:03 AM   #6
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In another thread Tangz asked:

"I am able to mkdir /beanbag
unable to mount with "mount -t ext3 /dev/hdg3 /beanbag"
Linux drive is hdg
It says that/dev/hdg3 is not a valid block device... please help me by posting in the topic "

You can check to see if hdg3 exists by printing the partition table with this command from the rescue CD:
fdisk -l /dev/hdg

The error message also includes some other reasons why the mount may not have worked. The most likely reason is that /dev/hdg3 is not an ext3 file system. Try using the correct file system in the mount command.

A less likely reason could be that the rescue system does not have /dev/hdg. Issue this command in the rescue system to check if /dev/hdg exists:
ls -l /dev/hdg

Another possibility is that with some secondary controllers you can reverse IDE 0 and IDE 2 in the BIOS. If your BIOS has the capability to do this check to see that you have not set the BIOS to switch /dev/hdg to /dev/hdg. Check both the BIOS on your motherboard and the secondary BIOS on the controller card if the controller card BIOS allows you to inspect and alter its settings.

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Last edited by jailbait; 07-12-2004 at 09:17 AM.
 
Old 07-12-2004, 01:37 PM   #7
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Re: Re: install Suse, xp wont boot, repair xp suse wont boot

Quote:
Originally posted by tumana
How do you have three HDDs? Do you have a SCSI controller? Also, how can you have two partitions for SuSe Linux?
Mainboard = Gigabyte Ga7vaxp Ultra

The board has the option to turn the two raid controlers into regular IDE controlers, so.....if i really wanted to I could have a total of 8 actual hard disk drives. (this is all onboard, not an add-on-card)
I said 2 partitions because im a linux newb (skuse me for being retarted) but what I did was open 2000 and mange and when i look at the disks it shows the linux disk like its actually split up????


Quote:
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You can check to see if hdg3 exists by printing the partition table with this command from the rescue CD:
fdisk -l /dev/hdg

Another possibility is that with some secondary controllers you can reverse IDE 0 and IDE 2 in the BIOS. If your BIOS has the capability to do this check to see that you have not set the BIOS to switch /dev/hdg to /dev/hdg. Check both the BIOS on your motherboard and the secondary BIOS on the controller card if the controller card BIOS allows you to inspect and alter its settings.
yum yum, new commands to test out...cool, thanks. as for the reversing the order thing..um, the only boot rder I have in my bios is HDD0, HDD1, HDD2 and HDD3. And here is how its set up.

1st boot device is floppy (floppyseek is off btw)
2nd boot device is HDD0
3rd boot device is disabled

Now one thing i did try, since i installed grub in the mbr of the 2nd hard drive(linux) is tried to use my 2nd boot device as HDD1 but all i got was GRUB. and it froze right there. moved the second boot device back to HDD0 and all was back to normal...? is this a lil strange or am I just being a frikin newbie?
 
Old 07-12-2004, 02:32 PM   #8
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"Now one thing i did try, since i installed grub in the mbr of the 2nd hard drive(linux) is tried to use my 2nd boot device as HDD1 but all i got was GRUB. and it froze right there. moved the second boot device back to HDD0 and all was back to normal...? is this a lil strange or am I just being a frikin newbie"

When you reorder the drives in the BIOS you have to also reorder the drives in grub.conf and probably /etc/fstab.


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Old 07-12-2004, 06:10 PM   #9
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hmm, ima add that to the "things to figure out how to do" list
 
Old 07-16-2004, 01:40 AM   #10
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Re: Re: Re: install Suse, xp wont boot, repair xp suse wont boot

Quote:
Originally posted by Tangz
Mainboard = Gigabyte Ga7vaxp Ultra
Wow... pretty cool mobo. Never had a chance to mess around with one of them fancy thangs.

Quote:
Originally posted by Tangz
...linux newb (skuse me for being retarted)
I wasn't trying to be offensive (if I it sounded that way).

ian
 
Old 07-16-2004, 05:37 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by tumana
Wow... pretty cool mobo. Never had a chance to mess around with one of them fancy thangs.

I wasn't trying to be offensive (if I it sounded that way).

ian
Yeah, it was a pain in the neck to figure out.. Even though I can have the raid connections set to just regular IDE I still have to have the promise raid drivers installed to even see the drive!

Which is kinda cool kuz SuSE9.1 found and installed the drivers automatically...

and no, I didnt take any of it offensively.....
 
  


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