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Old 09-10-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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deleted the GRUB and linux partitions

Hello all,

I recently installed opensuse 10.2 alongside my xp. I had been using it and playing around however the main problem was that I couldnt get on the net because the drivers for my usb wireless device are not available for linux. I tried an ndis wrapper workaround but couldnt figure it out.

I decided to delete all linux associated partitions including the boot (which i now see was a big mistake!)

I used acronis disk director to wipe the partition but on booting back up I get the error 22 GRUB loader not found and I hang.

I have a rescue disk for grub which I loaded up and it tried to find the GRUB automatically but with no success. I can use this rescue cd to boot into windows which is what I have done now.

Could someone help me either reinstall the grub so that the boot sequence works or remove it so that the computer just boots upto windows.

Is there a way to install the GRUB only from the opensuse 10.2 full dvd?

Thanks for your time.
Old 09-10-2007, 11:55 AM   #2
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Reinstall Master boot record, ask a windower 'bout how to do it in DOS
Old 09-11-2007, 02:06 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by TruongAn
ask a windower
Indeed. Whack in your windows cd and when it loads choose to enter the recovery console. from here type "fixmbr" without the quotes
Old 09-11-2007, 02:44 AM   #4
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Thewomanwhowas gives a quick guide, below is a complete guide on how to use the Windows XP disk to restore the MBR of a Windows only system. If you don't have a Windows XP CD, I believe the UBCD4Win CD will restore it for you, google it.
To restore Windows XP MBR

1: Boot with Windows XP CD in the drive
2: Hit any key to boot from the CD
3: Wait for installer to load drivers in memory
4: When asked to press enter to install, type: r
5: When asked which Windows installation would you like to log onto, 
if there is only one, type: 1  (and hit enter)
6: When asked to type the Administrator password, I hit enter without 
typing anything which will be the administrator password for most OEM 
Windows installations, (No password). If you installed Windows XP 
yourself and added an administrator password, type this password.
7: At the prompt type: fixmbr   (and hit enter)
-**CAUTION** and a warning appear
8: When asked "Are you sure you want to write a new MBR?:" type: y
-The new master boot record has been successfully written.
9: When the prompt returns, type: exit
-The computer re-boots and Windows kernel is loaded.
Old 09-13-2007, 03:36 PM   #5
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thanks people.

In the end i reinstalled opensuse and that fixed it. I think im going to change the GRUB default load to windows and I have found out how to do that on the forums.

My new problem is to do with ndiswrapper and a zoom wireless USB 4100 card, to get my network working.

So far I followed the ndis workthrough found here,installation/

I managed to unzip it and am upto the make part.

I get an error message saying "cannot find kernel build files"

I had a browse around the lib folder kernel section but wasnt too sure which files it wants in particular. I have only just installed the x64 version of opensuse could someone please let me know where the default kernel build files are located.

Old 09-14-2007, 03:28 AM   #6
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Depends which kernel is installed, the output of the command: uname -r will show which one. According to RPM SEARCH, you should have the following installed -->linux-kernel-headers-, if that don't match your currently installed version, go there and look for em'. If they are installed, they will be at /usr/src/uname -r/linux/include or something. (bunch of files ending in (.h).


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