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Old 01-18-2004, 09:25 PM   #1
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SuSE boot problems: even from the CD


My SuSE wouldn't boot, so I figured that since I installed it a month ago, It was probobly something i installed. the screen that asked me wether to boot from a floppy, windows, or boot into linux did show, but then the screen with the little lizard thing didn't and the screen was blank for a long time until I decided to give up on it. I even tried booting from the installation CD but the same thing happened. Well, anyway, I used my windows 98 boot disk to delete all the partitions, make one, and then format it. I tried rebooting into the SuSE installation, but I had the same problem. I did some research and decided to clear the master boot record, because If I booted without the CD, it would boot into GRUB. Guess what? I still have the same problem. Can anyone tell me what I can do?
 
Old 01-18-2004, 11:30 PM   #2
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oh come on! nobody has an answer?
 
Old 01-19-2004, 12:51 AM   #3
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Could be DMI data

Try disconnecting your hard drive (physically unplug the IDE cable), load the CMOS defaults and reboot. Wait through the memory count and when it says Verifying DMI data.... Update Successful- Power it off. Reconnect your HDD- boot the machine and restore your CMOS settings. Set the first boot device to CD-ROM, put the SuSE CD in and boot from the CD. Hopefully this will allow it to complete the install.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 07:04 PM   #4
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and what's the point of this? what does it do?
 
Old 01-20-2004, 10:37 PM   #5
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DMI Data

Sometimes the DMI data in the system gets all screwy- especially when jumping back and forth from one OS to another- and one writing this and another writing that. I've had similar problems before- and this fixed it. Just a suggestion.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 09:54 PM   #6
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By reseting the CMOS defaults, do you mean the whole thing? and for restoring them, do I need to physically write down the settings and remembering them then putting them back in because there are a LOT of settings
 
Old 01-21-2004, 10:15 PM   #7
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how did you "fix" the master boot record? Boot to a write protected DOS or win98 dos boot disk and try FDISK /MBR (undocumented switch that rewrites the MBR).

ALSO - VERY IMPORTANT!! Have you booted to a write protected antivirus emergency disk? Your system is exhibiting a lot of symtoms of a boot sector virus...
 
Old 01-21-2004, 10:17 PM   #8
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and BTW, yes, your bios should have an section that allows you to "LOAD SETUP DEFAULTS"... virtually none of those setting have ever, or ever will change, and unless you have an dinasour pc, it will automatically detect the size of your hard drive.
 
  


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