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Old 04-08-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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BOOT not working.. please help


FAT32 x 1 - 20Gb = DATA
NTFS x 1 - 20Gb = WindowsXP
other used for Linux SuSE 9.2


I did WinXP reinstalation and did quick format for its NTFS partition. Now computer botting directly into XP and there is no more Linux BOOT manager to let me select which operating system I want to load.

How DO i FIX this problem and are my Linux data gone forever?

Please simple answers, im still Linux Newbie
Old 04-08-2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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what were u using earlier

lilo or grub

just google or search this forum for reinstalling lilo or grub in rescue mode and u will get that

Old 04-08-2005, 04:21 PM   #3
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When you re-installed XP, it overwrote the MBR, replacing the Linux bootloader with the XP bootloader. Linux is still there; you just can't get to it, unless you made a bootdisk when you installed Linux, or use some other means.

Other means would be: boot from the install cd, which gets you into a running version of Linux from cd; use something like Knoppix (basically the same thing).

Once you have Linux running from such media, re-install the Linux bootloader to the MBR (not to be confused with installing software. The bootloader software is already installed; now you need to write the first part to the MBR).

Search these boards for info on how to do it. There are many posts which deal with that topic.

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Old 04-09-2005, 02:36 AM   #4
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Boot from your Suse CD, and you can easily find the option that reinstall the GRUB. (I can't remember exactly, but I think it is offering automaticly to fix the bootloader.)


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