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I recently installed Suse and Slackware. To do this I had to resize my Windoze partition, which (no surprise) screwed up windoze. I am attempting to reinstall Windoze and Setup claims that it cannot find a hard drive. I go into the bios and notice that things do not look quite right. For one, under Boot, the option for hard disk were <none>. Under Primary Master, the choice was <auto>. I went to change this second one to "...hard disk..." and after doing so, my computer wouldn't boot at all. I set the bios selections back to previous and am back to being able to boot with GRUB.
Do any installations modify the BIOS? What needs to be in the bios so that I can reinstall on my windoze partition?
linux will not change your bios, however if you have two drives double check their jumper settings to make sure they are both set as cable select, if that doesnt work change the drive on the end of the cable to master and the one in the middle of the cable to slave go into your bios utility each time to see if anything has changed and make sure it isnt automatically turning your drives to off
Sorry to have wasted your time, but my ignorance and stupidity occasionally combine and result in the post. I updated my bios (automatically through windows) a few weeks ago and this must have changed some of the settings. Also, I passed a prompt where I was supposed to put in a disk for a hard drive controller.
Concerning resizing the partition, it was a fat32 format, which is easily resizable with Yast, at least.
well, at the very least, you figured out where the problem came from on your own and youll have a better idea of what to do next time, hardly a waste of time if someone else has the same problem and searches to find this thread, also, its not as bad the time I left a corrupted boot floppy in my floppy drive and couldnt figure it out for days, dont be afraid to ask questions you may think are stupid, however DONT ASK QUESTIONS YOU THINK ARE STUPID UNLESS YOU SEARCH FIRST if you do that no matter how idiotic it may seem people will be more than glad to help you, there is a thread in general where a girl asked what a USB port was and was greeted by a multitude of descriptions technical specifications and diagrams to help her figure out how to plug a scanner into a laptop