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Old 10-03-2004, 01:42 AM   #16
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jax8- ok thanks man..ill try it out and let you know how it goes
 
Old 10-03-2004, 01:50 AM   #17
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Thanks for the help. That "root" login did the trick, now I have a psuedo-real error message: When I try to start up after installing Linux (it won't install or repair itself) i get the following message right after the typical bios runs:

GRUB Geom Error

That's all it says. Nothing more. I have a slight understanding what GRUB is but I don't know how to get past this to any real command prompt.

Again, I should say that I am without a floppy drive, so boot CDs are my only removable media. Thanks for any help.
 
Old 10-03-2004, 02:51 AM   #18
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mmmm I know how to fix this with Fedora but not sure about SUSE.

insert the SUSE CD and reboot.

select rescue system.

thren run

grub-install hda


see if that fixes it.

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Old 10-03-2004, 01:31 PM   #19
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i have the same problem. when i boot up it says GRUB _ i went to the rescue system and it asked me for a login and password, which i never made
 
Old 10-03-2004, 08:28 PM   #20
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Thanks for the help jax and thanks to anyone who bothered to read this thread. I've given up since nothing in the linux startup disk will work now. I'm back to XP . I really think this has something to do with the bios that sony uses in the computer. I might try linux again if/when i get a new computer. Until then, I need a usable comp/OS for school and I don't have the time to deal with this. Good luck A.D.D.

P.S. when I get the cashish to buy a new computer I'm planning on smashing this one with an axe. I'll try to post the vid when it happens.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 01:07 AM   #21
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come on...i cant even get windows to run now...im having to use a friends comp
 
Old 10-04-2004, 07:41 PM   #22
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no ones knows what to do? or just dont want to help me out?
 
Old 10-04-2004, 10:55 PM   #23
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Are you familiar with installing windows?

The easiest way I found was to backup everything you need, and then clear off the hard drive. Use the auto partitioning tool with SuSe and tell it to use half of your hard drive. It should set up all the linux partitions for you automatically and then leave you with half of your hard drive. After you finish the SuSe install, you can go back and install Windows on the remaining half of the hard drive.

The reverse of this should also work.

It will be a bit longer, and you will lose everything, but it is probably the most simple way to go.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 11:45 PM   #24
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ive tried it...i just want to now what GRUB is
 
Old 10-04-2004, 11:52 PM   #25
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GRUB is the bootloader that lets you choose between the operating systems you have installed.
If your getting a GRUB: prompt then there was some error during the installation. SuSe should have configured GRUB for you automatically. You can configure it after the fact, but I dont remember how off the top of my head. The info is around these forums. You could try using the rescue disk and try replacing it with LiLo which is alot simpler.
 
Old 10-05-2004, 12:03 AM   #26
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whats lilo? and what rescue disk
 
Old 10-05-2004, 01:36 AM   #27
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ok, i finally got it to work, and now i am wanting to install mozilla firefox and AIM. how do i go about doing this?
 
  


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