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Old 08-12-2003, 09:20 AM   #1
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Dual boot no longer works

Hi folks,

I have a boot problem, I've been looking for a solution for about a week and I do no longer have any ideas, please help!!

Here's the story
I have 2 SCSI disks
sda1 --> with Win XP PRO
sde1 --> with SUSE 8.2 PRO

Installed it 2 moths ago --> everything worked fine; dual boot via GRUB BOOT LOADER

I had to repair my WINXP after a crash, this repair overwrote my MBR so I could no longer boot SUSE, I reinstalled GRUB into MBR and the only thing I get is GRUB on a black screen. Tried a new install with LILO, this also blocks at startup

Searched the internet
1. Created a linux.bin to put in boot.ini (so no longer GRUB in MBR) -->same problem
2. Set GRUB on floppy --> same problem
3. In SUSE in the installationpage you can select the option boot installed OS --> this is the only thing that works

SUSE is installed before the 1024 cilinder!

Does this GRUB log to some file when it freezes??

Anyone ideas??

Old 08-12-2003, 09:42 AM   #2
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I can also add that when I boot via the installation page of SUSE, I get mounting problems on my ntfs drives--> bad superblock error

Perhaps these are related, I don't have a clue!
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is it possible that the reinstallation of grub simply wasn't configured with any choices? Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but based on my experience with LILO (I've never used grub) I'd say that's a possibility.

Hope that helped,
Old 08-13-2003, 05:26 AM   #4
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Yes, it sounds as though grub installed properly but your grub.conf was missing/blank. Does it still exist? Is it set up properly? I can't speak for lilo, but reinstalling grub is a common question here, and is not difficult to fix.

What exactly did you do?
Old 08-13-2003, 10:32 AM   #5
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THX for the reply

I just reinstalled the linux using the CD's, so I hoped it would go as smoothly as the first time but the GRUB freezes, yesterday I tried to install it on another SCSI disk sdb1, and the same problem. It's kinda strange that the default installation of suse by using the original cd's no longer works!! Should'n the default installation make up a correct grub.conf?? The YAST2 recongnizes all my disks also the windowsXP installation, I choose grub and install on sda1

GRUB_ is shown at startup and that's it!!

Retried with grub-install /dev/sda1 same result

Help really appreciated

Last edited by z.zar; 08-13-2003 at 10:34 AM.
Old 08-19-2003, 04:56 AM   #6
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how does grub know where to find the grub.conf if it's not in SDA1
Old 08-20-2003, 06:02 AM   #7
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I still have the problem but

I have 5 scsi disks, when I just install sda (WIN XP) and sdb (SUSE 8.2 PRO) my grub starts up perfectly, only when I add more than 2 disks then the grub freezes, does linux only support 2 disks?

I do not want to disconnect the other 2 disks to run linux!!

anyone an idea?



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