This appears to be a common problem with OpenSUSE 10.1.
System specs (an older system, but Linux brings out the best of it):
FIC AD11 motherboard
Thunderbird Athlon 1.0 Ghz processor
Nvidia Geforce 2 Ultra video card
I have win98se (no laughing please), installed on it's own harddrive (C
. I have a spare storage drive for my different projects (also formatted windows, partitioned D:, E:, and F
. The third drive is where Suse resides. I should also note, that the third drive is a 300GB harddrive in which not all of the space is recognized due to the older BIOS.
So now to my problem, after my good experience with my OpenSUSE 10.0 installation (capable of doing everything I could in windows plus a little more), and hearing about 10.1, I decided to upgrade. Before upgrading, I had a working Grub bootloader, that was capable of booting windows and Suse without a hitch. I decided against a new install, because of all the time I had invested in setting up 10.0. I know, lazy, and now I am regretting it, but it seemed like a decent idea at the time.
During the upgrade, the install tried changing the grub bootloader to lilo and errored out. This brought me to the bootloader wizard, so I switched to grub keeping (what I thought was) the same configuration. The installation continued and rebooted. However, upon reboot, the bootloader no longer functioned, erroring out with the 1048 cylinder error. The boot splash screen was also not loading. I have tried numerous configurations and have been successful installing the splash screen, but I have not been able to get the bootloader to load anything but win98se. Now, the only way I can boot into linux is with the install DVD.
Any SUSE/Grub gurus out there who can help me find the perfect settings to be able to dual boot again? I have tried all sorts of Grub howto's but have been unsuccessful. With suse 10.0 I had never seen the cylinder error before, so I know there is a configuration that works.