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Old 07-06-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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Question Windows boot error since linux install


I'am a complete newbie to linux and i have just installed Suse Linux 10.1 on a seperate partition to Windows XP. I'am now unable to boot Windows from the Suse boot menu on start up as i'am getting a blue error page with "unmountable_boot_volume" . Once i get used to Linux i'll be rid of Mr Gates FOREVER! If any one could help i would be very thankfull. cheers.

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Old 07-06-2006, 10:00 AM   #2
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You didn't install the bootloader to the MBR did you?!?!?

That will often screw up M$'s boot garbage and make Windoze unbootable... I've done that on a friend's computer before (OK though, since now she uses only Linux,... Who says Grandma's can't go geek?!?!?!... ).
 
Old 07-06-2006, 10:04 AM   #3
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bootloader????? mbr?!?!?!
 
Old 07-06-2006, 10:39 AM   #4
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I presume you can still boot into Suze Linux??
if so, can you post the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst.

type "less /boot/grub/menu.lst"

you should have a Windows section in /boot/grub/menu.lst similar to below:
Code:
title Windows XP
root        (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
 
Old 07-06-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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Yes! i can still boot suse linux!! I'm really sorry for being so dull, i'm a complete newbie to linux and i dont understand where i should type "less /boot/grub/menu.lst"

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Old 07-06-2006, 11:05 AM   #6
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I'm not familiar with Suze, but if it has a KDE desktop
you can use "Konsole" to type the command.

If it has Gnome use "Terminal".

You could also open it with text editor such as Kate.

EDIT:
maybe Suze has an easier way.
Look in YaST -> system -> bootloader configuration

Last edited by deroB; 07-06-2006 at 11:20 AM.
 
Old 07-06-2006, 11:25 AM   #7
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THANKS! i got this-
Code:
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Wed Jul  5 12:10:03 UTC 2006

color white/blue black/light-gray
default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,3)/boot/message

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title SUSE Linux 10.1
    root (hd0,3)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda4 vga=0x317    resume=/dev/hda3  splash=si
lent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Windows
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: floppy###
title Floppy
    chainloader (fd0)+1

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
 
Old 07-06-2006, 11:35 AM   #8
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I would try changing the windows section to the code in post #4.
This is what I have in my menu.lst file and it works fine.

btw, you will need to be root to edit the menu.lst file.
 
Old 07-06-2006, 11:53 AM   #9
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A proper Linux installer automatically gets the right entries into the GRUB configuration file (menu.lst)
That said, my recent install of FC5 got Windows right, but put in NONE of the other Linux distros on board.

This is the first I have heard of an installer not setting up Windows correctly...???

In any event, edit menu.lst as suggested and it should work.

If you ever need to get back to how windows was, then boot with the windows install CD--rescue mode. Wehn you get to the terminal prompt, type "fixmbr"
 
Old 07-06-2006, 11:58 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JOCK
bootloader????? mbr?!?!?!
Windows has all these things, but--in the spirit of catering to the masses--they protect you from information that THEY decide you do not need.

In the vast wilderness of Open Source there is no protection--against anything. There is complete freedom: Set up your system any way you want, never check in with big brother to confirm that you are legal, and of course destroy your whole system with a few simple keystrokes.....

Welcome to the frontier....
 
Old 07-11-2006, 09:37 PM   #11
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Don't worry be happy!

Quote:
Originally Posted by JOCK
I'am a complete newbie to linux and i have just installed Suse Linux 10.1 on a seperate partition to Windows XP. I'am now unable to boot Windows from the Suse boot menu on start up as i'am getting a blue error page with "unmountable_boot_volume" . Once i get used to Linux i'll be rid of Mr Gates FOREVER! If any one could help i would be very thankfull. cheers.

JOCK
If this is the case, restart the computer to the Recovery Console, and then use the chkdsk /r command to repair the volume.
 
  


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