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Old 05-12-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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using grub to load opensuse from usb drive


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:
Code:
timeout 10
 default 0

 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)

 map --hook
 chainloader (hd32)
 boot

 title CommandLine
 commandline

 title Reboot
 reboot

 title Halt
 halt
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.
 
Old 05-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 05-12-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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after fumbling about for over an hour, i finally got it. installation going good.
 
Old 05-12-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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Good to heard you made it work, however I was curious to know why opensuse 11.4 and not opensuse 12.3 which is the latest.

It is pure curiosity I am aware that you can install any version you want to to your son's machine.

Good luck to you.
 
Old 05-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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he doesn't like 12.3, and frankly, neither do i. the whole thing looks different and even acts differently.
 
Old 05-27-2013, 08:32 AM   #6
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You probably installed a different graphical interface from what you had and that is why you said it looks different and acts different.

Anyway good luck to you!
 
  


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