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Old 07-06-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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Dual boot linux/vista issues

hello i have a laptop sony vaio that came with vista installed, against my will ><, anyway among wanting xp on it i wanted to get linux opensuse going alongside vista.xp had issues so i started with linux, got it installed and booted it up works great, and actualy anyone have like a beginer's guide to simple or just common knowledge linux stuff?, anyway i have an issue and from what i read there is a way to fix this in linux i think, well my dilema is that when i start grub gives me option of vista or opensuse but when i choose windows 2 it says boot mgr missing, someone said that its lost in some dir? i dunno but might you know what to do?the entire vista partition is there still just needs mbr and the vista repair disc didnt work and neither did and dos commands o fix it.If not no worries i know this is mainly linux so vista questions might not get answered but maybe there is something within linux i can do?
Old 07-06-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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My Toshiba laptop probably has a disk configuration similar to your Sony. Typically the manufacturer puts a restore partition at the beginning of the disk followed by the Windows operating system partition.

GRUB uses a file located on your Linux system partition /boot/grub/menu.lst. This is a text file that can be edited with a simple text editor like Kate or vi.

The entry in my /boot/grub/menu.lst to boot Vista looks like this:
title Vista
root (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
Actually I added the rootnoverify myself because it might be required. My actual menu.lst doesn't include rootnoverify.
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Here' s a really good tutorial

this might be worth a read too
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Welcome to LQ!

Just a few links;
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Getting Started with Linux

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links' . More than just SlackwareŽ links!

Your post was really hard to read, paragraphing makes things easier. I would suggest that you look at the next two links;


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