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Old 01-21-2004, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question Dual-boot WinXP / Suse 9, keeps crashing after installing Suse


I am having trouble getting SUSE linux 9 to work on my computer. I am trying to dual-boot WinXP/SUSE9 using grub as my boot-loader. I installed windows xp first and it seems to be working fine, but when I installed suse9, both OS's became inoperable. After installing suse9, it takes 4minutes to boot up and when it does, the video doesn't work properly. Xwin won't load correctly, all I get is a messed up bitmap on the screen. I can load into a linux command promp (run-level 3), but there is not much I can do for the video from there. When I load the SaXT program from command prompt, it allows me to change the settings and video properties as well as drivers, but has no effect when I reload Xwindows. As far as loading WinXP after all of this, everytime it gets to the starting windows screen, the computer halts and then reboots. I have tried the installation of winXP and suse9 twice, just to make sure it wasn't something that I did. I was previously dual-booting winxp/suse9 on my old computer.

I have just upgraded my computer with the Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard which is using the nForce chipset and Athlon XP2700+ processor. I have 512mb of PC3200 with 200mhz dual channel front side bus. I also have the nVidia GeForce4 MX440 64mb video adapter installed, which was taken from the old computer where it was working fine under suse9.

I am using a 40gb hard drive partitioned with a 20gb NTFS for winxp and 20gb reiserFS for suse9.

I have only winxp installed now and it is driving me nuts as I am a big fan of linux. Please write if you have any advice at all. Thank you all,

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I can't really tell what it is... Only suggestion I have is to use some other distro such as slackware...
Suse is not that great in my opinion and it isn't more linux-friendly than others...
Old 07-08-2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Post the contents of /etc/fstab and /boot/grub/menu.lst.

We may be better able to offer help if we see those files. Incorrect kernel parameters in the menu.lst could affect the SuSE bootup. The xp boot from grub is touchy.

There are many posts in these forums regarding what to put in menu.lst for xp to boot correctly.


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