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Old 07-16-2004, 02:42 PM   #1
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root (hd 0,0)Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7chainloader +1

I recently installed SuSE 9.1 Professional onto my 80GB hard disk to dual boot with Windows XP. Since then Windows cannot boot, and the error message below is displayed after Windows is selected from Grub's startup menu:

(hd 0,0)
Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
chainloader +1

I've read about problems with installing Linux on partitions > 8GB, and I followed the article from SuSE's website (can't post the url yet) to try and fix it. I have also read other articles about this, but my question is not answered.

I managed to copy the driver update to floppy and install it as directed, but the problem occurs when I press "Back", the CD starts 'Loading data into ramdisk ...' as if I were installing the OS from scratch. What I'm trying to do is finish the remaining tasks below to repair the broken partition table and thus resolve the problem.

How can I do this without the installation process beginning?

  • After completing the driver update, press "Back".
    The following dialog for repairing the partition table displays your hard disk (usually /dev/hda) and the status of the partition table (broken). Select the hard disk and click "OK" in order to repair the partition table.

    After repairing the partition table, exit the menu with "Back". Press the key combination CTRL-ALT-DEL in order to reboot the computer and remove all media from the drives.

    Now you should be able to boot both Windows and Linux.
NB: I can see all the files stored on the Windows partition through Linux in My Computer. I also have the 5 CD distro.

I hope someone can help?

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-16-2004, 05:12 PM   #2
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I just did post my suggestion, which worked for me in another thread, started by quarter_ethan. The thread is

I hope it helps.
Old 07-17-2004, 06:02 PM   #3
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It sounds like you are having issues getting the update installed and the partition table fixed. The steps the article described seem slightly different from what you have to do. When you are actually going through it you will get to the point where you see the broken partition and have to option to fix it. Once it is fixed it no longer shows as broken. As I was going through the process it seemed like I was about to mess it all up, but I kept going and it worked fine. It should get to the point where it says to press Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot. If you don't restart at that point it will begin the installation. When you first boot the CD hit F6, then type fixpart=1 in the boot options box, then proceed with the Installation option highlighted (hit enter). The rest starts making sense as you go through it.
Old 07-19-2004, 04:27 PM   #4
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No, I have installed the driver update. The problem starts after these steps. After the update is installed, the white YaST screen appears and installation of the OS begins - not what I'm trying to achieve. What I need to know is how to stop this from happening, so I can actually have a crack at fixing the partition table??

Make sense? Hope so
Old 07-20-2004, 09:01 AM   #5
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OK here goes nothing. I'm gonna try and run through the process on my laptop (Windows boots fine, but already fixed my desktop). I know you've been through part of this, but here's the whole process...

Boot SuSE 9.1 Pro Disc 1
Hit down arrow to select Installation
Press F6 key, "Please get your Driver Update Floppy ready." is displayed
In the Boot Options Section type: fixpart=1
hit enter
Box pops up saying "Please insert the driver update floppy/CDROM"
Switch CD to the one containing the driver update, hit enter
Looks like it starts booting SuSE as normal with the splash screen
Blue screen appears, hit down arrow to select hdc (cdrom), hit enter
another blue screen appears, titled "Driver Updates added" SuSE Linux 9.1 Partition Fix is listed, hit enter
comes back to the screen you were just on, select Back and hit enter
Switch CD's back to the SuSE disc 1, hit enter
starts loading data into RAMdisk, then you see another blue screen that asks you to Select A Disk. Here you should see your disk drive listed and on the right side it will say Broken in red letters in brackets. If you have more than one disk drive listed be sure the broken one is selected and hit enter.

That's as far as I can get with my laptop since it says Partition table looks good...nothing to repair, but the rest of it should be easy. After it fixes the partition you will see where it says to press Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot or installation will begin. Pressing the key sequence didn't do anything on my desktop at home so I just hit the power button to shut it down...
Old 07-20-2004, 09:04 AM   #6
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If you've done exactly like what I posted then I'm not sure what is happening with yours. If I can find another broken partition table to fix I'll run through the rest of it. Once you repair the partition table I think you come back to where you selected the disk to repair, at that point you choose Cancel and it gives you the message about hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del


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