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Old 04-15-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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10.2 and Vista dual boot issues


Another thread about dual boots sorry.

I have an intel P965 chipset with 2 SATA HDD's and a SATA DVDRW.

sda0,0 is my Vista install. I wiped the disk which originally had XP64 and Vista on it...
sda1,1 is my / partition for OpenSuSE.

GRUB will successfully chuck me into OpenSuse but if I choose Vista I just get a blank screen and a reboot.

My /boot/grub/menu.lst is as follows;

Code:
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sun Apr 15 19:21:05 BST 2007
default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd1,1)/boot/message

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe -- openSUSE 10.2

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: 2.6.18.8-0.1-bigsmp###
title OpenSUSE 10.2
    root (hd1,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18.8-0.1-bigsmp root=/dev/sdb2 resume=/dev/sdb1 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18.8-0.1-bigsmp

title Vista
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1
~
I fail to see anything wrong in that. I've tried using the Yast Module to delete the MBR and restore the one which allowed Vista too boot ok. I've then started a configuration from scratch to see if that was an issue, but I get exactly the same problem.

Please help Thanks for any suggestions..
 
Old 04-15-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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I think the installs need to be on the same hard drive for it to work correctly, it worked for me when I installed 10.2 and Vista on the same hard drive, unless I am misinterpreting what I am seeing, you installed them on separate hard drives, and because of Vista's new dual boot killers, that won't work anymore, or at least, that is what i have read in most technology magazines and web sites.
 
Old 04-15-2007, 06:46 PM   #3
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Ok thanks, I'll give it a whirl now and see what happens. Wish I'd picked up a 500Gb drive now
 
Old 04-15-2007, 09:22 PM   #4
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No luck, on the same harddrive but nothing.

Strangely though, I installed Vista, then installed OpenSuSE. I could boot into OpenSuSE fine. When I went to select Vista from the grub menu with the entry I had made, the computer restarted. Except this time, upon restart, it booted into Vista but bypassed GRUB, almost as if on restart Vista had modified the MBR

What a complete pain in the arse My ideal situation for the work I am doing was OpenSuSE 10.2 and Vista dual booting. Now I have to settle with OpenSuSE 10.2 and XP x64.
 
Old 04-15-2007, 10:13 PM   #5
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Some one about three to five days ago had a similar problem booting Vista and a couple of linux distros. You might check the forums and see if he ever got his problems solved. I just Googled and found this article, http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about78184.html They have a couple of more also.

Last edited by Larry Webb; 04-15-2007 at 10:19 PM.
 
Old 04-16-2007, 07:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for your input. I've tried a couple of guides on the web but to no avail. I'm trying an interesting one I found whereby I install OpenSuSE, then XP, then setup OpenSuSE in boot.ini (or grub into the boot.ini), then I install Vista. Apparently Vista takes its entries from existing Windows installs via the boot.ini, therefore PERHAPS allowing me to get all 3!
 
Old 04-16-2007, 07:02 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Firebar
No luck, on the same harddrive but nothing.

Strangely though, I installed Vista, then installed OpenSuSE. I could boot into OpenSuSE fine. When I went to select Vista from the grub menu with the entry I had made, the computer restarted. Except this time, upon restart, it booted into Vista but bypassed GRUB, almost as if on restart Vista had modified the MBR

What a complete pain in the arse My ideal situation for the work I am doing was OpenSuSE 10.2 and Vista dual booting. Now I have to settle with OpenSuSE 10.2 and XP x64.
Sorry bout the bad info, I thought I had it nailed down but I didn't, oh well, Linux and Vista dual boot can sometimes run down to trial and error. I hope you can figure out what the problem is.
 
Old 04-16-2007, 09:38 AM   #8
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I think I'm going to give up, I've noticed dire performance in opensuse. I've got a quadcore CPU and any yast module uses 102%!! (102%?!). Performance is just pretty shocking, I'll have to stick with XP for the mo
 
Old 04-16-2007, 11:02 AM   #9
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Why not boot from the Vista DVD and have it repair the mbr. Boot to see that Vista boots (it shoudl boot without grub). Then boot from the Suse DVD and choose to install Grub on the MBR. It should pickup Suse and Vista. Reboot to see if you can boot into both.

This process has worked for me multi-booting Fedora, Kubuntu and Debian. And doing the above process with each of the different distros Grubs.
 
Old 04-16-2007, 04:16 PM   #10
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I've also tried that, no luck
 
Old 04-20-2007, 01:31 PM   #11
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Im having problems aswell. Got a new dell xps 210 running Vista. When I try to install I cant move the cursor in the menu with the keyboard or mouse. It then times out and just loads vista.
Anyone know why the keybord isnt responding?
 
Old 04-21-2007, 09:06 AM   #12
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Following this steps, I had no problem installing openSUSE10.2 on Vista.

http://www.grape-info.com/doc/linux/...-dualboot.html
 
Old 04-21-2007, 01:50 PM   #13
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Hi, you are missing this:

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Vista
 
Old 04-30-2007, 05:44 PM   #14
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graphic card not supported

Hi,

I have a dell xps 210 which uses an ati radeon x1300 graphics card to draw the display. Vista needs this. However in Linux, the card is unsupported so all I get is the console, cant load up kde or gnome! How do I download and install a driver from the console?
 
Old 04-30-2007, 06:05 PM   #15
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had the same issue with xp.

I'm booting from sata2 (changed disk order in bios) into grub. xp would not run, just black screen.

I had to mess with grub's "disk mapping", had to add this to the xp section:
Code:
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
so basically - as far as I understand - grub tells xp that the system was started from sata1. the grub howtos give some more insight into this voodoo.
 
  


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