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Old 08-07-2007, 07:11 PM   #16
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Have you got any floppies? You can also download a windows boot floppy to restore the bootloader.

http://www.bootdisk.com/

put the xp bootdisk on a floppy, set your BIOS to boot off floppy, wait for the DOS command line and issue the following command:

fdisk /mbr
 
Old 08-08-2007, 12:22 PM   #17
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I have a win98 machine that does have a floppy so I made the XP boot floppy on it. Was able to boot the XP machine to windows using that floppy. THIS IS GOOD! Thanks for all of the help.
Fdisk isn't on the boot floppy or anywhere on the XP drives though, so I'll have to figure that out still.
 
Old 08-08-2007, 12:48 PM   #18
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XP is back up and booting from hard-drive

I created the XP quick boot floppy from http://www.bootdisk.com/
Then to repair the MBR I used mbrfix
http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php
 
Old 08-08-2007, 12:54 PM   #19
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OK, if you want to have a new try with Suse, I suggest that you try to free up some space at the start of your second hard disk. That will avoid the 8GB limit issue (providing that this really was the problem) AND you can go into BIOS and set the second disk to be bootdisk so that it doesn't write anything to your windows disk anymore. GRUB is always written to the first disk, which will be what is now still your second disk.
 
Old 08-08-2007, 02:37 PM   #20
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Thanks Jay73 - I think I'd need Gparted for that though right? And I can't get Gparted to run cause it hangs when accessing PCI.
 
Old 08-08-2007, 05:23 PM   #21
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No, not if you really want to install. If you can move or back-up the data on disk2 (to disk1?), you can simple erase it, then use the windows partitioner to make your partitions for Suse as well as one or more new windows partitions further down that disk to copy your data back. gparted wouldn't be any more helpful in this because you can never tinker with the start of a partition without taking some serious risks; even with gparted you'd probably have to delete your partition on disk2.
 
Old 08-08-2007, 06:28 PM   #22
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Ok, thanks for sticking with me on this. I may come back to installing SUSE later. Right now I've gotten xubuntu running from CD so I'm going to tinker with it for awhile.
thanks again for all of your assistance!
 
Old 08-10-2007, 04:31 PM   #23
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Ok, I'm back, trying to install again. Have decided to do Linux install on disk2. I get through the first CD installation ok by using yast, but what's supposed to happen after the first reboot? After the boot, it opens to the linux start screen and never asks for the 2nd cd or continue install or anything.
It goes through more setup, then opens a grey screen with openSuse graphic on it, and a text box in the lower left corner tha says:
"Aug 10 16:08:57 Linux kernel: hda: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 {DriveStatusError}
Aug 10 16:08:57 linux Kernel: ide:failed opcode was: 0xef"

There's also some kind of prompt in the middle of the screen - but no text so I don't know what I'm supposed to do next.

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Old 08-11-2007, 10:33 AM   #24
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Anyone have experience with install of openSuse10.2 from CD? Trying to figure out when/how the 2nd cd gets installed. Mine installs the first CD, reboots, then just opens to the Suse boot screen as if the install is complete - but it won't run.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 11:46 AM   #25
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Quote:
Linux kernel: hda: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 {DriveStatusError}
It's clearly struggling with the hard drive. And the installer should always ask for the second and third cds; the other ones are optional.

Could you boot your Xubuntu livecd and run the dmesg command (from a terminal) , save the output to a file and post it here?
 
Old 08-11-2007, 06:01 PM   #26
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Started Xubuntu livecd, try to launch a terminal session, and it flips to the login terminal session for about a second, then a get a xubuntu sreen asking for a password (which I don't have) it says user Ubuntu will log in in x seconds, it clicks down to zero then it goes back to ubuntu.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 06:12 PM   #27
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Ok, I figure what the hey, I'm going to try to just install Xubuntu since it will at least load. But that won't work either. I click on Intall from the ubuntu desktop, it starts to install and then fails.
Fail title:
Failed to create a file system.
message
The ext3 file system creation in partition #1 of SCSII (0.1.0) (sdb) failed.

I've got a clean 60mb drive2. Why won't this install?
 
Old 08-11-2007, 07:11 PM   #28
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Same issue as with Suse: hard drive troubles. As the livecd doesn't involve any access to hard dives, it will run just fine but the moment you try to install to disk, it becomes a completely different story. It all sounds like a missing disk controller driver.

Have you got any specifics on the motherboard you are using? Brand, type? Any chance it has a SIS chipset?

Are you sure that your disks are configured correctly? If they are PATA, one should be master and the other slave - or both should use Cable Select.

If you are confident that all those questions are irrelevant (or if you just don't know), try installing (X)ubuntu after unplugging the first disk and moving the second one to its position.
 
Old 08-30-2007, 04:00 PM   #29
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Ok, I've installed xubuntu FF on second hard drive and all is well. Here's how I did it: Disconnected drive 1 (winXP boot drive), and plugged the cable into drive 2. (clean disk). Then started ubuntu from Live CD, and installed to drive 2 (in drive one slot). It wouldn't auto-partition and install though. Had to go manual mode, and create a partition, then restarted install and picked option to install in largest space. Then I moved the drives back to their original location, and I can boot to XP or xubuntu. cool.
I don't get a grub screen that allows me to chose XP or Linux at boot, but I can pick which operationg system to run by changing the bios boot drive sequence.
 
  


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