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here's my story.. Last night i downloaded opensuse 10.3 multimedia pack which is around 1gb... I was successful able to install all the softwares which i require without connecting to internet... I was just trying out some other softwares installing and uninstalling... For some reason i had to shutdown my pc so i issued a command in terminal as "shutdown -h now".. It turned off.. Later i come back i'm not able to boot into any of the os..
I run winxp on 160gb hdd and opensuse on 20gb hdd... If i choose windows to boot i get this error "rootnoverify (hd1,1)" and "chainloader (hd0,0)+1"...If i choose linux to boot i get this error "Grub 1.5 Read error".
So i took xp repair cd and fixed my mbr and was able to boot into windows... The strange thing is the hdd(20gb) in which i installed linux procuded a crackling sound and then used to display "Grub 1.5 read error"...
I can see that 20gb hard disk in windows and it shows healthy...
What are the solutions for this and what did i do wrong?
"rootnoverify (hd1,1)" and "chainloader (hd0,0)+1".
The information you posted above indicates trying to boot windows from two different partitions in the same entry (hd1,1) and (hd0,0). Won't work. You need to find which is correct. Use your Opensuse 10.3 CD. When you first put it in the drive you will get several options, one of which is rescue mode. Select that and at the prompt, type 'root'. No password needed, you will get the following prompt: Rescue#:
At this prompt, enter the command 'fdisk -l' (w/o quotes and lower case Letter L), post the output. Navigate to the menu.lst file to check your entries there. cd /boot/grub/menu.lst. If you're not sure what to do here, post output.
Generally, windows is on first partition of first drive so the entry you posted above probably needs to be 'rootnoverify (hd0,0) but w/o fdisk info I'm just guessing.
I was successful able to install all the softwares which i require without connecting to internet... I was just trying out some other softwares installing and uninstalling... For some reason i had to shutdown my pc so i issued a command in terminal as "shutdown -h now".. It turned off.. Later i come back i'm not able to boot into any of the os..
...and what did i do wrong?
Well, this is certainly abnormal behaviour. Normally, when a SuSE gets to the point that it needs to reboot, it will tell you that it is about to reboot, it may tell you to remove the install media, I don't remember, but it doesn't require you to type 'shutdown...'.
At this point, you will understand that it has done something a bit 'underhand' to the boot process to give you the one off controlled boot into the last stage of the install process, without giving you irrelevant boot options. This is the bit with which you interfered, so I'm not surprised that it didn't go exactly as planned, although maybe it was possible that the next boot would sort it out. Seemingly that didn't happen either.
I somehow managed to boot into linux as well as windows... I restored grub... Thx to yancek... But now im facing a strange problem...
When the splash screen comes up where u have to enter password and username i'm not able to see my mouse pointer at all.. When i havour my mouse over the options it gets highlighted so my mouse is working but not able to see my mouse pointer...
After i login i get this error "The system as crashed please report for the gnome community for better improvement" ... I have to press ctrl+alt+backspace and login again... This time i have no error... This happens everytime when i login the first time...
My last problem is when i shutdown i usually get a splash screen which shows various processes getting stopped and finally it halts... But after i restored my grub and when i turnoff the splash screen appears to be corrupted or i'm not able seeing any of the process which used to show before... but the system is getting halted...
yancek- How do i post my output... Since i don't have internet at home i have to browse near by cyber cafes... How to save my output in a txt file and how do i transfer same text file into my pen drive using terminal... So that i can post all my errors here... And get better support...
If you want to see the processes when shutting down or booting up, just hit the "ESC" key. To make this permanent, comment out the gfxmenu line in /boot/grub/menu.lst with a hash mark (#).
Can't help w/login problem. Did you mean to install Gnome instead of default KDE? From your first post, I'm not sure if you completed your installation?
Plug in your pendrive, if you haven't don so create a filesystem:
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 (assuming your pendrive is seen as sdb1, may need to run fdisk -l to verify this)
create a mount point: mkdir /mnt/pendrive (can call it whatever, not necessarily pendrive)
then mount it: mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/pendrive
Give yourself write permissions to the /mnt/pendrive directory.