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Old 06-28-2004, 12:04 AM   #1
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Bizarre problem with SuSe 9.1 ftp install.

Hello all,

I'm trying my hand at installing SuSE 9.1 from ftp. Everything goes absolutely fine (boot disk works, network connects etc etc) with the process untill I get to the first YAST installer screen.

What happens is that I shrink the MS Windows partition to make room for the SuSE install. Yast suggests the partitions necessary and I accept them.
BUT......the bootloader options do not show Windows as an option to select in the bootloader. Only Linux, Floppy, Failsafe, Memory Test are offered.

I need a dual boot system, so I dont get why the Yast installer does not put windows in as an option, when the disk partitioning tool is fully aware that the OS is present on the harddrive.

Anybody know how to sort this out?

PS: I have Windows 98

Last edited by Kadett; 06-28-2004 at 12:08 AM.
Old 06-28-2004, 03:44 AM   #2
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This sound odd that It didn't add windows as a boot option.

If you have a running SuSE system, you need to go to YAST (in the system menu), and then go into system -> boot loader configuration. Here you can tweak with your boot options.

Highlight "Available sections" and click edit. You should be presented with the same list you are when you boot. Go ahead and create a new one. Give it a nice section header like "Windows 98". Use type "other".

Here's where you will need a little more information about GRUB (the boot loader SuSE uses) I believe the commands you need to add are "root (hd0,0)" if it's the first partition, and then "chainloader +1". <checks YAST> Yeah that's what mine says.

GRUB counts drives and partitions starting at 0. the first number is your drive, the second is the partition.

Mine was a little harder, Windows insists on being on the first drive (which mine is not), and needs to be tricked with the map command. I just wiped my 9.0 install clean to put in 9.1 (upgrade didn't go well, I think I had a bad install when I put in 9.0)

Good luck.


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