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I have installed my Suse 9.2 version on a single hard disk with multiple partitions and a Win Xp OS at that time. Now due to a series of problems I was forced to format the Windows partition so as to reinstall the system.
I have set booting from cdrom first in bios and then expected to run the windows setup, yet grub starts all of the time.
I have read in the administrator's guide grub related issues. I have restored the previous MBR, yet I can't boot from the Win bootable CD.
I've seen this before. Rather than try to boot from cdrom first, try removing your hd (not physically) as an option for boot (in the bios). In other words, you should have only one boot device listed in your bios, and that is your CDRom. You will still be able to access your hd, just not boot from it. After you are finished, just reboot and change your bios back. Most of the time this will work.
So try GRUB for DOS please. It is a cross-platform boot loader based on GNU GRUB. The GRUB.EXE can be started from DOS/Win9x; and GRLDR can be started from BOOT.INI of Windows NT/2K/XP/2003; and even more, the GRUB.EXE can be started from LINUX via the KEXEC tool.
By using GRUB.EXE or GRLDR, you don't have to touch your MBR. It is the safest way coexisting with DOS/Windows.
You needn't install GRUB for DOS. Just run GRUB.EXE from DOS, or append a line of "C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" into your BOOT.INI(restart and select the "START GRUB" menu item), that will do.
thanks a lot, i have tried to make a bootable cd option in grub but haven't succeeded.
as i was very irritated i purged the mbr to it's initial values.
i will try your alternative as soon as i get the chance.
Here's what I did:
I downloaded grub4dos.
Using the yast2 or yast menu in Suse I restored the MBR to the state prior to the Linux distribution install. Therefore when I boot grub doesn't start anymore. I finally managed to boot from cdrom and installed winxp.
Obviously xp started automatically. (power on self :-) )
While in xp I installed totalcommander and a plugin to view reiserfs and ext3 partitions. I backed up all my important files from Linux, archived
them,mailed them and copied them to the ntfs partitions.
I also copied the grldr and grldr.mbr files from the grub_for_dos-0.4.1pre32.tar.gz to my c:\ ntfs partition where winxp is installed. I opened c:\boot.ini and appended the following line
"C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" to the end of the file.
Now when I boot there are 2 options: XP and STARTGRUB.
When I choose STARTGRUB there I find the options in my /boot/grub/menu.lst