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Old 08-04-2009, 08:52 AM   #16
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I'm lost.........

The only thing I can think of is to install GRUB while running in SUSE. Since you have one drive, and your Linux /boot is on partition #5, you would do this:

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grub                ##starts the GRUB shell
root     (hd0,4)    ##tells grub where /boot is
setup    (hd0)      ##installs grub to the MBR
This should get everything running normally with no need to set "active" flags or anything else.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #17
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That's okay, it seems to be working fine. I'm just confused, and was wondering especially if it could cause any problems, like for some reason I added something somewhere without realizing it that will cause problems in the future or something, from doing it this way - and if maybe I was overlooking a very simple explanation of what it's doing.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 09:18 AM   #18
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With all this information, you don't think it could cause serious problems?
My themes are still very badly affected by something. In the Appearance Preferences window, where you choose themes, almost none of the themes but Unity is even showing up correctly. And when I choose a theme, it won't even be applied correctly (in fact, it will pretty much look the way it looks in the window, unless I choose another and then choose again. So I have to pick one and then the other for it to even be applied, and then when I restart it'll be all messed up again.
If there's any way at all these could be connected in any way I would definitely uninstall this, and install something else, I might anyways. It seems like I'm having real problems with this. I always use checksum checks on the iso downloads, too. Maybe something happened between downloading the iso and burning it to the CD.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 09:21 AM   #19
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Linux does not use the active flag, so you might as well try turning it off.
If there isn't any bootloader, then BIOS will select the operating system that is installed in the active partition. This is how windows works and it is how linux can work.

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:34 AM   #20
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Hi,

'joeBuffer' maybe you should get a little more background with how GNU/Linux is used and maintained.

Just a few links to aid you;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 08-04-2009, 12:34 PM   #21
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If there isn't any bootloader, then BIOS will select the operating system that is installed in the active partition. This is how windows works and it is how linux can work.
That's a new one!!! I cannot count the number of Linux installs I have done which included the admonition that I would need to install a bootloader if I wanted to boot my new system.

Suppose I have this typical setup:
/boot on /dev/sda1
/ on /dev/sda2

For GRUB, we instruct it thusly
root (hd0,0)
kernel vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 <and other stuff>

How does the BIOS accomplish the same thing?
 
Old 08-04-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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'joeBuffer' maybe you should get a little more background with how GNU/Linux is used and maintained.
I'm working on it.

I've been able to partition (custom partitioning) Ubuntu, Gentoo, Slackware, etc. without confusion or problems, but I need to read more about this specifically (until I don't feel like I'm confused or missing something), and about Linux in general.
 
Old 08-04-2009, 12:57 PM   #23
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Hi,

Just a few more links to aid you;

SlackwareŽ Essentials
SlackwareŽ Basics

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 08-04-2009, 07:26 PM   #24
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For GRUB, we instruct it thusly
root (hd0,0)
kernel vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 <and other stuff>

How does the BIOS accomplish the same thing?
Sorry, bad wording on my part. I really meant that bootloaders don't need to be installed to the MBR; even a multiboot system is fine with LILO or GRUB in the boot partition.


MBR by default contains a DOS bootloader that will look for a bootable sector in the partition that is marked as active.
http://www.bglug.ca/articles/linux_boot_process.html
 
Old 08-16-2009, 10:52 PM   #25
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I wanted to add that I'm sure it was burning the CD that caused my theme problems, etc. When I was burning the openSUSE CD, Brasero froze up, and nothing was happening soon after starting. Then I closed it up and started over, and I had problems with my themes (that I know of). I quit using the CD, now.
Part of the confusion came from reading about the MBR only having information on the primary partitions (which would include the extended partition, but not the logical partitions) so I thought maybe I didn't understand what I was doing.
 
  


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