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Old 08-20-2006, 03:21 PM   #1
aamy
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uninstalling and starting over again....


Last year I installed Suse (10.0 i think) on my desktop as a windows alternative. I did the partition thing with partition magic and everything.

Unfortunately I couldn't get Suse to work with my multiple monitors and multiple video cards. (3 monitors, 2 NVIDIA cards).

After trying for a couple of weeks I gave up. Now everytime I boot up my pc, I get the Suse screen where it prompts me to select which OS to boot, Windows and Suse....which leads me to believe that the installation process has modified my MBR.

I want to know how to get it all of my system without rendering my Windows OS unbootable....I want to start all over again with another distribution. I'm afraid of just deleting the paritition because the OS loader is installed....and it might render my pc unbootable. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

aamy
 
Old 08-20-2006, 03:29 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie myself on this but I think if you uninstall suse it wont let windows boot BUT if you use the suse cd there is an option to fix the windows mbr which will get it working again. Don't take my word for it though, better wait for a more experienced user to answer your question properly. Just a thought.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
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99% chance the bootloader is installed to your MBR, so if you want to install something else, all you have to do is... install it, and rewrite the MBR with the new configuration during the installation.

if you mean you want to get rid of the linux bootloader altogether, you have to boot the windows install media and rewrite the MBR that way (with the fixmbr command, etc. -- search google, there's plenty of instructions out there for how to do it).

i would just leave things the way they are, though, until you install something new. or else you could also boot linux and change lilo/grub to have no timeout and automatically boot windows. then it will just boot windows without the startup screen, and you won't have to risk messing something up by having to use the windows fixmbr command.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 04:09 PM   #4
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I do want to install something else....but do not want to risk my windows install. if i install another distribution and have it's installation process write a new MBR, will it know about my windows installation? are there any distributions that you recommend that are easy to install? and that work with multiple monitors out of the box?
 
Old 08-20-2006, 04:25 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aamy
I do want to install something else....but do not want to risk my windows install. if i install another distribution and have it's installation process write a new MBR, will it know about my windows installation?
If you install over the existing Suse partition(s) there shouldn't be a problem. Any distro I've used will recognize the windows partition. Overwriting the bootloader should also be ok.

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are there any distributions that you recommend that are easy to install? and that work with multiple monitors out of the box?
Don't know if another distro will handle this better than SuSe.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 05:04 PM   #6
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I have no use for multiple monitors or vid cards so I cant help you there but I can help with the boot/MBR.

I have installed numerous distros and they have always found my windows partition and added it as a choice to the boot menu.So having the Linux installer write the MBR is ok.Linux plays nice like that.

If you are simply tired of seeing the boot screen(I'm pretty sure suse uses GRUB by default)and have no desire for suse, boot off your windows disc enter recovery and have it rewrite the MBR.Since I installed my first Linux distro(mandrake)I have never wanted to switch back to windows so I'm not exactly sure how its done.

Mandriva is a piece of cake to install also.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 05:21 PM   #7
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Yea Suse changed your MBR to point to GRUB. If I read your post correctly you just want to have the computer boot straight to Windows. To do this boot to your Windows CD and you should find an option to fix the MBR. There are other ways of doing this but using the Windows CD would be the easiest.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 08:15 PM   #8
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thanks everyone for the help! i appreciate it!
 
Old 08-21-2006, 12:42 PM   #9
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You don't really need to rewrite your MBR. Simply edit /etc/grub.conf. You can change everything from the timeout to the spash screen.

If you can't boot to Suse from the hard drive, you might be able to use the first install CD as a rescue CD--I know you can do this with my distro, FC3. Once you boot in rescue mode, it hangs the normal Linux directory tree from /mnt/sysimage. Once you navigate there, you can do regular stuff like edit /etc/grub.conf.
 
  


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