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Old 05-05-2006, 03:44 PM   #1
batman74
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Unhappy The boot loader was lost and the CD-ROM broke down.


The story goes like this:
I have a HP laptop Omnibook XE3 with 10 GB HD, 1 floppy disk drive and one CD-ROM.
I recently decided to move to Linux (at least get to know it) so I split the HDD in 2 partitions. In the one I had installed Windows 2000 and in the other I had installed SuSE 10.0. Everything was running fine (except for some missing drivers but this is not important now) until the time I decided to update my windows 2000 to windows XP:

The SuSE boot loader was deleted or it's not active anymore and at the same time my CD-ROM broke down, just after I completed the windows XP installation.
This means that I cannot use the SuSE CD directly to recover the boot loader. I also have an external DVD-RW connected to the laptop via firewire, but it's not visible by BIOS.
So my only hope is my floppy drive.
I would really appreciate your advice.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 03:56 PM   #2
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Got five bucks?

If ya have five bucks you should probably just google suse linux and buy a new copy of the Suse linux cd from one of those "linux cds for really freakin cheap" sites, and then go from there.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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What do you mean your cdrom broke? is it just not being found, or is it not working at all? the prob is, when you installed xp, it blew the /mbr away. I thought MS reformatted the drive and took over the whole thing, but i havent used it in a while, so i'm not sure. Do you still have the suse partition? look into floppy rescue discs, you will need to reinstall grub.
 
Old 05-07-2006, 08:03 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by bosewicht
What do you mean your cdrom broke? is it just not being found, or is it not working at all? the prob is, when you installed xp, it blew the /mbr away. I thought MS reformatted the drive and took over the whole thing, but i havent used it in a while, so i'm not sure. Do you still have the suse partition? look into floppy rescue discs, you will need to reinstall grub.
Thanks for your reply.
About the CD-ROM, I mean that it is found by the BIOS but it cannot read a CD. Thus, when I insert a CD inside the CD-ROM I see that it tries to read it but it cannot, so after a while I get a message that there is no CD in the CD-ROM.
About the installation of GRUB, have you got any idea how to do it in Windows XP through floppy disks? Everything I 've read so far reffer to Linux OS.
I believe that the suse partition is still intact although the 2 partitions are not recognized by windows in the disk management.
 
Old 05-07-2006, 08:09 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by mosherdude2005
If ya have five bucks you should probably just google suse linux and buy a new copy of the Suse linux cd from one of those "linux cds for really freakin cheap" sites, and then go from there.
I don't think that this will work because there is nothing wrong with the cds but with the cd-rom. It cannot read cds and it is unreasonably expensive for me to buy a new one (235 euros + 19% vat. There is NO WAY I give this amount of money just to buy a CD/DVD ROM).

Thanks anyway.
 
Old 05-07-2006, 10:26 AM   #6
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I thought MS reformatted the drive and took over the whole thing, but i havent used it in a while, so i'm not sure.
Winduff won't touch partitions with types it doesn't know about, at least 98 won't, not sure about XP.

Assuming you have a floppy drive you should be able to use http://www.tux.org/pub/dos/rawrite/rawrite3.com to write a grub floppy image.

Last edited by ioerror; 05-07-2006 at 10:39 AM.
 
Old 05-07-2006, 11:00 AM   #7
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SmartBootManager you can download a floppy disk image and rawrite to write it from windows
 
Old 05-08-2006, 05:19 PM   #8
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SmartBootManager you can download a floppy disk image and rawrite to write it from windows
Thanks towy71. I 'll give it a try and I'll get back to share my experience.
Cheers.
 
  


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