[SOLVED] using grub to load opensuse from usb drive
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i have a netbook with no cd drive and am trying to reload opensuse 11.4 for my son. it was dual boot with xp and suse, but the xp crashed and won't let me load suse, so he wants just suse. the first problem i ran into was when i hooked up the external drive to the usb and removed the hard drive from the boot order, it kept saying operating system not found. i have a flash drive with acronis that i use at work and it uses grub to run acronis from an iso. i loaded the suse iso and added an entry into the menu.lst. it came up on the choices to load, but gave me an error saying i need to add "--head=0" to make it work (i didn't write down the entire message). i added it, probably in the wrong place, my linux is rusty after using only windows at work for so long. now i get the error message "error 11: unrecognized device string, or you omitted the required DEVICE part which should load the filename". this is what the menu.lst looks like:
title Acronis True Image Home 20011 (9,615)
map (hd0,0)/Acronis_True_Image_Home_2011.iso (hd32)
title SUSE 11.4 (9, 615)
map (hd0,0)/openSUSE-11.4-DVD-i586.iso --heads=0 (hd32)
any help would be appreciated. by the way, my son is 10 and loves linux. he even went to a job with me and found the problem about 5 seconds after i did the other day. i can't wait to get his computer back up.
after playing around with it, i moved the --head-=0 to the front of the line, and got an error message, and added what it told me, so that it now reads "map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 (hd0,0)/openSUSE-11.4-DVD-i586.iso (hd32)" and i got to the boot screen. i am still having problems, but i may be able to figure them out with more effort. just fyi for anyone that needs help with grub, follow the error messages and play with the placement of additional parameters.