Installing OpenSuSE 10.3 without killing Windows MBR on primary drive
In January I bought a laptop and by March I had installed a second hard drive for the sole purpose of dual-booting with some sort of Linux distro and the Windows Vista is shipped with. I'm a gamer, so I want a working Windows Vista install for that, but I would prefer using Linux for day-to-day usage.
The problem is that Fedora doesn't like my sound card, even Fedora 9, but with a little fiddling I got OpenSuSE 10.3 to work perfectly on the laptop (a vastly better out-of-box experience than Vista once the nVidia driver was installed). However on a reboot into Windows I found that SuSE had destroy Vista's MBR and not even the repair disk from Microsoft knew how to fix it. In the end I simply had to reinstall Vista and wipe OpenSuSE in the process.
The problem was that my drives enumerated as sda being the factory-installed drive and sdb being the one I wanted to install OpenSuSE to, however OpenSuSE by default installed GRUB to sda, which killed Windows.
While trying to reinstall without causing that damage I couldn't find an option for OpenSuSE to ONLY use sdb and not touch sda at all, which Fedora does. Nor do they give a simple "click here" option to do that.
So my question is how do I get OpenSuSE's installer to install GRUB to sdb only, and totally ignore sda's (my Windows drive) existence? Or at the very least, tell it to NOT install GRUB to sda.
Given my lousy idiot proof BIOS I can't simply turn off sda, and being a laptop opening the panel to physically disconnect the drive isn't as simple of an idea as it is on a desktop. I'd even be willing to use the Windows boot loader if that's what it took, but GRUB is so much more powerful I'd rather not.