MBR Messed Up; How to use rescue?
SuSE 9. When I attempted to make emergency boot floppy disk and rescue disk, the rescue disk failed at the 90% point of verification each time, so I don't have them, and I am not sure what would be on them.
However, something has happened to my MBR on the drive which has both Win98SE and SuSE linux 9.0 If I just attempt to boot up, it quickly goes to "GRUB" and there is no prompt there; I cannot enter anything at the GRUB line.
If I put the CD1 in the drive and start the computer, I have the option of "rescue system" or various installs (which I don't want to redo if possible). The rescue system goes just so far, and then I get "rescue login" prompt. No matter what I enter there (including OK, system or user passwords, the next line comes up and says "password". No matter whether I enter the root system password or the user password, it says "incorrect password" and goes back to the "login" prompt. What am I supposed to enter there? Ie., what does it want for "rescue login"?
Now what can I do in this case? I always thought if GRUB got messed up, you had a prompt there that you could enter stuff and boot into the Linux partition and fix the MBR from there, but that is not working here because the GRUB that comes up has no blinking curser and simply does not respond to anything I enter.
Is there any option other than to do a complete reinstall of the Linux to get the dual boot MBR fixed?
Last edited by KarlT; 12-23-2003 at 03:45 PM.