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Old 04-21-2006, 10:35 PM   #1
skeletorjack
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SuSE 9.3 - dual boot with windows problem?


Hello there!

First time poster, and linux too! (thats a cool smiley) So here it is: I've got a P4 system with windows 2000 installed on one 40GB drive, and SuSE 9.3 installed on an extended partition of a seperate 200GB drive. there are also two primary partitions at the start of the 200GB drive (SuSE is using the last ~30GB of the 200GB drive)

the 200GB drive is listed as IDE #1 in the BIOS, and the windows 2000 drive (NTFS formatted) is listed as IDE #2

Right now i'm having a problem when i try to boot windows using the "Windows" option on the SuSE boot screen (thats part of GRUB, right?) Basically when I hit windows, this appears:

root (hd1,0)
filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
chainloader +1

NTLDR is missing
press ctrl+alt+del to restart


When I installed SuSE i did set "hdb1" (the 40 GB) to mount as "/windows/C" so in theory it should be going to the correct drive to boot windows from...

Hitting the windows option does this:

root (hd1,0)
chainloader +1


I know how to go to console mode etc. I'm new to all this, we use SuSE 9.3 in college for some subjects which is what got me interested initially. I've also tried out a Ubuntu LiveCD but found KDE to be a bit easier, and quicker to settle into than GNOME.

(Oh and up until now ive just been manually changing the boot order in BIOS in order to start windows not linux)

Right then. This is a much too long post for a quickie problem like that but hey - so thanks for any & all help! I've got another problem too once this is sorted, but i'll wait for that...

Thanks
 
Old 04-21-2006, 11:13 PM   #2
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Do I understand correctly that SuSE is on the Primary (master) drive, and windows on the Secondary (slave) drive? If so, that's part of the problem. Windows wants to be on the first drive. You have to trick it into thinking that's where it is.

Windows
map (hd0,0) (hd1,0)
map (hd1,0) (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

or something to that effect. Check the grub manual (you may already have it installed) or download it from www.gnu.org. It'l give you specific instructions.
 
Old 04-21-2006, 11:38 PM   #3
skeletorjack
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Excellent, thanks, I also found the same solution on another post and was able to get it to work perfectly. My other problem involves this:

crc error
VFS: cannot open root device "hdc1" or unknown-block (0,0)
please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS - unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)


on a different computer, will give more details when I wake up tomorrow morning... yawn
 
Old 04-22-2006, 09:16 AM   #4
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I just ran into the same "kernel panic - not syncing" on my brand new many-hundreds-of-dollars doorstop. From CD1 of the SuSE installation set (or the DVD if that's what you have), run memtest from the first menu you see when the cd starts up.

I'm getting failed memory test all over the place. Looks like a RAM module lasted through burn in plus a couple of days, then died.

If you have a live cd, such as Knoppix, try to boot that. If it also fails with a "kernel panic - not syncing", that pretty much confirms the result of memtest. Bad ram.
 
Old 04-22-2006, 06:04 PM   #5
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Quote:
VFS: cannot open root device "hdc1" or unknown-block (0,0)
please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS - unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)
Hi,

This error occurs when the boot instructions in your grub.conf file points to a boot location the kernel doesn't recognize. This is a common problem with SATA drives where the proper SATA support is not configured in the kernel (I recently experienced this.) If you are not using SATA hard drives, then the location of your /boot/vmlinuz-*** is wrong in grub. Try using a live CD such as Knoppix to mount the drive and look at the grub.conf file to see exactly where your /boot directly is located. Also, if you made one during installation, you should be able to boot with a boot floppy.

Hope this helps,

Bob
 
  


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