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it gets worse, I tried suse recovery, looked like it recovered the partitions i deleted. Now I have command line linux and no clue what to do. Maybe I should format everything and start from scratch. Damn computers. I want to shoot myself
10 hours I have been working on this, and all because I wanted a duel boot system at Christmas, that effectively killed off an entire 750GB hard disk in unusabele partitions, I have been trying to safely remove said partitions since. Made the leap today and here i am a whole saterday written off and my system is fucked.
20 years I have been using computers and they suck more than ever
Well having (just) read the entire thread, I really don't know where you stand. Too many things have been done to the system, (probably) compounding things. And you still haven't provided the data requested.
Which liveCD ?. I prefer to use one that isn't specific to a distro - that way I know it isn't making presumptions about what the system should look like. Knoppix is good - systemrescueCD might be a good option in this case.
I guess restoring from a recent backup isn't an option.
I started with vista 64bit out of the box, tried to install ubuntu, which messed up so then tried suse, this killed my vista boot. I messed around until i got lilo boot loader to give me a multi boot offering. I then just yesterday deleted the un-usable partitions.
I have 3 hard disks all 750gbs stragely vista is installed on disk sdb, on a 400gb partition, with the suse on the same drive on a 250gb partition, my final has just got data on it.
Now I can boot anything accept suse linux at command line, i am trying to launch KDE but with no effect
Your problem is very simple. The issue reside in a small portion of the first 512mb of the primary disk: the MBR.
Since your SuSe bootloader is already muddled you may change your boot loader now to Grub. Procedure:
1. Use your Ubuntu CD (Ubuntu CD offers Grub,) boot, chroot to Suse partition, there install Grub into the Suse. Reboot to Suse after that...
2. In Suse, configure /boot/grub/menu.lst to point to your Vista partition by chainloading. Reboot...
3. This time you should have a Grub dialogue box offering you to boot either to Suse or Vista.
You will need to read relevant Ubuntu or Suse documentations and of course read about Grub configuration, a link is provided you hereunder my signature click on it to read Grub. I cannot lecture you inch by inch here, I only provided you the important procedures in solving your problem.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by malekmustaq; 05-17-2009 at 10:55 AM.
You don't need a GU - issue "fdisk -l" (no quotes) from the console. If nothing outputs try "/sbin/fdisk -l".
I do it is simply an MBR issue any more. Probably started out as that, but too much has been attempted to "fix" it.
OK, thanks for all the help guys, for those that are interested, this is what I did.
I deleted all the linux partitions, and re-installed Vista, 6 times in fact, as co-incidentally I found that my Blue ray drive was defective, so every time I would install, I would get a BSOD whilst trying to update. 3 days in total to get to a working system.
Thankfully resotring my chrome bookmarks was pretty easy, thanks to windows moving my old windows install into an old windows folder, without any prohibative rights ristrictions a la XP.
So vista back up, chrome with bookmarks, back, now just firewall, AV, GTA 4, BF2 and Empire to re-install and save games to somehow recover and I will be golden.
On the plus side the Vista install was the most painless of any Windows version, obviously it couldnt diagnose for shit my hardware problem, but that would be asking too much. I dont have a linux distro installed now, but have left 40GB spare for one.
The lesson learned here, is that the Ubuntu I orignially installed was a 32bit, wintel verison and it royally f**ked my system. I cant blame them for that, I should have read the small print.
So now, I need a new distro, any suggestions. I need something that is pretty, that can harness the power of my rig (8GB Ram, AMD Quad 9950 Black, 1GB Geforce 9800GT) and flexible, ideally fully loaded with the best apps, music & video edition and web development tools are what I would like most.