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Installing Grub with SUSE Live DVD and no other OS
This is very similar to another post I made but I am still stumped. Right now I have a broken windows xp installed as well as SUSE, which was installed before windows. When I installed XP, it overwrote the grub on the mbr, and since it is now broken I can only use my SUSE Live DVD to do anything. However, when I try to install grub with this Live DVD, I am told that I have no c compiler, and there are not enough resources on the system to install one. I assume this is because it is not an actual hard drive OS. Any help on how to restore my mbr with grub so I can use the installed Suse will be greatly appreciated.
I've posted another thread, but I think now I know a bit more and can ask a better question. I have both Suse 10 and windows xp installed on my system, with xp being installed second and having overwritten the mbr, so I see no grub options. My problem is that I do not know how to load my installed Suse 10. XP now doesn't work, so I could use the boot.ini even if I knew how. I am using a Suse 10 live cd, but I also an ultimate boot cd made, along with an internet installation disk for Suse that I used originally.
When I use the internet install disk to 'boot installed system' I am told that I need to remount root as read-write, using bash# mount -n -o remount,rw /
I try this and then CTRL-D to reboot, but the same message comes up. I also used a grub command to install grub on hd0 with root (hd0,2) since sda3 is my linux native, but when grub loads it tells me again that sda3 cannot be mounted.
How can I mount and/or boot my sda3 (linux native) so I can use my installed suse system?
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Distribution: Slackware & Slamd64. What else is there?
I went through a similar deal recently and got lots of help from the great guys here. Since it's later here than in other parts of the world, I'll try to help. I am no expert but I understand my own situation reasonably well after fooling around with it for a long day.
If you have the XP installation disk (NOT an OEM recovery disk) you can rewite the MBR from Windows Recovery Console so you will be able to boot Windows. Maybe you want to do that first, and then start using a live CD (Kanotix is particularly good if you need to do anything more than fdisk) but if not, use whatever you have (I like Slax). You can build a lilo.conf easily by hand (example in the link) and when you write the MBR (like in the link back to this forum) you will be able to boot your Win & SUSE machines. Then you will have to figure out what you want to do with GRUB- there are experts here but I don't know anything about it.
P.S. When you issue a mount command in bash, it only lives for the lifetime of the boot. So if you reboot, whatever you mounted becomes unmounted during shutdown. That is why nothing seems to change.
The main thing is not to panic, and not to fdisk, or install anything until this is fixed. The less you touch the better things will be until you've restore your boot record and can bring up your Windows machine.