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Old 03-24-2007, 09:21 PM   #1
savvy_cowgirl
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Prev. kernel present in SuSE 10.1 after re-install on HP DV6226us


In a desperate attempt to get SuSE off so I could try Freespire I went into windows Vista (which probably explains why I am desperate to learn linux) and from computer management > storage deleted the "volumes" that SuSE was on. Gparted does not work on this computer. I rebooted and got a grub error 22. I re-installed SuSE and was back to my planned duel boot with Vista but now when I boot up it says SuSe 10.1 then below that windows below that SuSE failsafe and below that something like SuSE previous kernel. I KNOW I haven't updated anything because I haven't been able to connect to the net through linux yet. Which is a different battle. But I don't know where the extra kernel is, and if I did I wouldn't know how to delete one, and if I did, I wouldn't know WHICH one.
I've only been doing linux for a couple weeks so there are a lot of terms I don't know or understand.
If you can help me, I sure would appreciate it.
Thank you kindly.
 
Old 03-24-2007, 09:52 PM   #2
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One guess is you simply got GRUB confused. The part that was left on the MBR after deleting the partitions already contained a reference to a kernel; while reinstalling, GRUB may have used the same file and added a second reference to the kernel. This is somewhat unlikely because MBR should normally get overwritten during a reinstall but well who knows...
Another guess is you did install a different kernel. Suse comes with different versions of the same kernel and the installer may have picked a different one this time.

One quick way to find out about the kernel(s) on your system is looking in your /boot partition for files that begin with /vmlinuz; if you see more than one version, than yes, you have more than one kernel.
 
Old 03-25-2007, 02:58 PM   #3
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ok, will boot into SuSE and look for that. I also notice on boot up now I have a choice of SuSE 10.1, Windows, SuSE fail safe, previous kernel and NOW also XEN-SuSE. I am glad SuSE is feeling Xen, I am feeling anything but. Does that give anymore information?
Thank you!
 
Old 03-25-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Xen is just a different version of the kernel. If you already had two kernels, you now have a third one... Never seen a computer that likes its Linux that much.

Have you actually tried booting all these kernels? I'd just like to know whether Suse will boot up with all three or whether one or possibly two are just fakes. I think at least one has to be, because Suse may keep two kernels but not three; the oldest one should get deleted in that case.

And how is it that you Gparted won't work? I imagine that if you were able to install Suse, you should be able to use Gparted as well.
 
Old 03-25-2007, 06:08 PM   #5
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Ok, I looked using Konquor at boot
Boot shows:
Config-2.6.16.13-4 bigsmp
Config-2.6.16.13-4-default
config-as above -smp
config-as above -xen


on the left side of the window for boot
boot
grub
symsets 2.6.16.13-4 bigsmp
symsets as above-- default
symsets as above-- smp
symsets as above-- xen


nope haven't tried to boot into any of the others. Got enough problems with the two I want to use and have no clue about the others except I think fail safe would be like "safe mode".
I think I need to thin these down to one version of SuSE.
Actually to get Suse on I had to shrink the c drive using control panel> computer management>disk management>storage. Then shrink volume. When I tried to install Suse before it couldn't. Gparted seems to load then I can't get anything to function. If I click on the gparted icon across the top it doesn't show any drives to work with. I think it said something like device not found.I think. Which is why I did the "delete volume" thing from the windows side when I was trying to get rid of SUSE so I could try freespire. The freespire live seemed to detect even less of my hardware than Suse did, and the desktop seemed pretty similar so I reckon I will stick with SuSE and sort my problems out with it.
Thank you so much, they were just where you said they would be. Now, what do I do with them? Delete all but the "default" one?
 
  


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