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Old 06-08-2013, 05:28 AM   #1
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Can't install SUSE on existing Kubuntu

I am trying to install SUSE with existing Kubuntu.
Following some guides in the web, here are the steps I have made:
1. Installed Kubuntu on my hard drive:
1.1 Partitioned the hard drive to have the following:
* 50 GB on sda1 for /
* 10 GB on sda5 for swap
* 800 GB on sda6 for /home
* 100 GB free space
1.2 Installed Kubuntu on sda1 and sd6 where sda5 is the swap
2. Installed SUSE:
2.1 Chose to format the empty space from (1.1) for / of SUSE
2.2 On expert menu, I went to Booting
2.3 On section management I added a section: Kubuntu, whixh is an image section, with root device sda1. (Sections for SUSE where already there) All other fields left blank.
2.4 On Boot Loader Installation tab I checked "Boot from Root Partirion" and unchecked everything else
2.5 On Boot Loader Options I checked "Write generic Boot Code to MBR" and unchecked everything else
3. Continued installation with all default values.

Now when starting the computer I am getting an error message: No operating missing.

What did I do wrong and how can I fix this?

I have no problem reinstalling Kubuntu if needed. Maybe I should install SUSE first and them Kubuntu? Looks like it will be easier.

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2.4 On Boot Loader Installation tab I checked "Boot from Root Partirion" and unchecked everything else
2.5 On Boot Loader Options I checked "Write generic Boot Code to MBR" and unchecked everything else
It looks like you have created a conflict of some kind here.

In 2.4, you elect to boot from the root partition (first stage of bootloader written to the boot sector of the root partition). In 2.5, you choose to write code to the MBR (the boot sector of the hard drive).

These are not the same. You need to make them consistent. Set both to write bootloader to the root partition.

Note: this will not add Suse to the grub menu that you see on boot. You will need to boot into Kubuntu and run update-grub as root. That will search the hard drive for bootable OSs and add Suse to the grub menu.

If Kubuntu is not bootable at present, boot from your Kubuntu installation cd, choose the option to boot from the installed Kubuntu. When booted from the hard drive, run update-grub.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:05 AM   #3
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Thank you for your help

I regret that I haven't thought about running Kubuntu from the installation disk. That would have saved me a lot of time.
What I have finally done is doing the opposite way: I installed SUSE and only than I installed Kubuntu.
Apparently Kubuntu would out of the box automatically set the GRUB properly and in half an hour I have finished what I couldn't succeed in two days.


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