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Old 02-07-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Big Grub Problem ... After having installed OpenSuSE 11.3

hi guys.

i just got open suse and after some struggle getting it to boot from usb (using dd,unetbootin failed) and after i tested it , i decided to install it..

it installed it's modified stilish grub and i rebooted.. in the grub it had all the options fine my ubuntu,open suse and windows+ + an open suse recovery mode.......

but when i try to boot in ubuntu it doesn't do nothing.. i mean it stays there and shows me the root (hd0,4) (it's correct) and chainload+1

and a bit downer it says with caps lock "GRUB"

i tried using yast to reinstall grub bootloader but it errors me because it cannot create init. i tried to install it to /dev/sda8 (separate boot partition i made with ubutnu, especially to hesitate having to make a thread..)
and i also tried put it in mbr.. anyways, finally , after some struggle , i got back the suse bootloader, and i am looking for some way to make the ubuntu boot

i installed suse on btrfs so using grub 1 from ubuntu to get to suse is already out of the question, i already tried it(it just restarts)

so ,if suse shows the ubuntu partition correct (/dev/sda5 from yast) why doesn't it boot?
perhaps by booting it from uuid ? how to do that?
Old 02-07-2011, 07:04 PM   #2
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First which version of ubuntu are you using?

Is Suse on usb now?

If version of ubuntu uses grub2 it would be easier to have ubuntu grub2 boot Suse.

Suse and a lot of the distros still use grub legacy which will not boot an ext4 file system without modification. You can get Suse to boot ubuntu by installing grub2 in ubuntu / and then chainloading from Suse menu.lst.

I guess you can boot Suse and from terminal as root run command

fdisk -l (small L)

and paste results in post.

Last edited by Larry Webb; 02-07-2011 at 07:07 PM.
Old 02-07-2011, 07:36 PM   #3
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i have like 3 grubs installed. i want to boot ubuntu 10.04 lts
i installed open suse to the partition i used to install ubuntu 10.10 to. when i installed 10.10 i made /boot separate. when i installed open suse i formatted /boot to be used as /boot by suse(since i installed suse to btrfs)
anyways, after trying to install flash and other programs to suse and it failed, i definitely screwed more things up than i was willing to.
so i guess, o solve some problems i will just uninstall open suse since it gave me so much many problems. will keep an eye on open suse 11.4 since with 11.3 it proved it deserves to be tested. thanks alot larry webb anyways . see you all guys later. will mark thread as solved.


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