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Old 12-05-2006, 01:15 PM   #1
jmgatica
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dual boot problem winxp cant start using grub and Suse 10


Hi, I've just upgraded my HD to a bigger one and I cannot longer boot winxp, my current installation is:

Winxp Professional
Open SUSE 10
SUSE SLED 10.1

I also have 3xfat32 partitions to use between Linux and Windows and one single HOME partition to use between both SUSEs. just as follows:

Name Flags Part Type FS Type [Label] Size (MB)
-----------------------------------------------------------
hda1 Boot Primary NTFS [^B] 22932.09
hda2 Primary W95 FAT32 (LBA) 31461.70
hda5 Logical Linux ext3 [Home] 7970.30
hda6 Logical Linux ReiserFS [Suse] 9088.94
hda7 Logical W95 FAT32 7962.08
hda8 Logical Linux swap / Solaris 2155.03
hda9 Logical Linux ReiserFS 6975.04
hda10 Logical W95 FAT32 11482.50


I've copied all partitions from one drive to another making sure that all partitions keep the same numbering and position in the HD. I've restored grub in the MBR using setup command. All linux boots ok but windows doesn't. Grub doesn't even returns any error and just shows the invoked commands. It is like it doesnt find anything to boot.

If I mount the Winxp partition from any SUSE it shows all the info ok.

Do you know if i missed anything? what can i do to boot windows again? I really need to use windows because an app that can't run on wine. My old HD is plenty of errors on the disk geometry so going back is not an option.

Any Ideas?

I'm also posting my menu.lst config:

color white/blue black/light-gray
default 0
timeout 25
gfxmenu (hd0,8)/boot/message

title SUSE LINUX 10.0 (on /dev/hda6) (/dev/hda6)
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 vga=0x314 selinux=0 resume=/dev/hda8 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

title SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.1
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda9 vga=0x317 resume=/dev/hda8 splash=silent showopts
initrd /boot/initrd

title Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader (hd0,0)+1
savedefault


Thanks for your advise.
 
Old 12-05-2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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the grub.conf doesn't look consistant with how your drive is partitioned.
For the second partition (Win 95?):

title Win 95
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
makeactive
chainloader (hdo,1)
 
Old 12-05-2006, 07:18 PM   #3
jmgatica
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I have only WINXP on hda1, OPEN SUSE 10 on hda6 and SUSE SLED 10.1 on hda9.

hda2 is my shared data partition fat32.
hda5 is my HOME partition for both open suse and sled suse.
hda7 and hd10 are also non-boot data fat32
hda8 is Swap partition

The problem is that hda1 is not booting. When grub loads hda1 it replies nothing but the same commands that grub uses:

makeactive
chainloader (hd0,0)+1
savedefault

and it hangs there.

hope this helps to clarify my environment.
 
Old 12-06-2006, 04:50 PM   #4
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ok, yeah. what the heck is with "chainloader (hd0,0)+1"? Try "chainloader (hd0,0)", and I don't think you need the "savedefault", either...

And the XP kernel is ok, too, right?
 
  


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